By | Liberty Cooper
Technology trends come and go in the business landscape, but there’s one that’s permanently changing how companies operate: virtual reality (VR). Research firm Tractica predicts that global VR spending for business purposes will reach $9.2 billion (₹678 billion) by next year, surpassing its expenditure for entertainment and other casual activities. VR devices are built with metal core PCBs that provide it the structural integrity it needs to display heavy graphics without the extra components. The result is a cost-effective, lightweight piece of technology that doesn’t dissipate a significant amount of power, allowing it to last for hours on end. This opens the technology to countless possibilities with Indian VR companies taking the lead and launching business platforms in America. VR is also seeing a spike in usage in areas not initially connected with the technology, such as HR.
Here’s how VR is helping HR professionals during these testing months.
There are plenty of ways that VR can be used to net businesses top talent remotely. For example, they can use it to create office tours to showcase how the company looks, while emphasising the tech-savviness of their workspace. Car brand Jaguar even incorporated it into their applicant assessments. Jaguar had potential recruits have a go at a VR coding game to determine how skilled they are for the job. The best part about VR is how, even though it’s more immersive with a headset on, the programs will work equally well without one. This means businesses aren’t restricting access to candidates that don’t have one.
Onboarding is an integral part of HR duties, and one that’s better done with material to help new recruits navigate their jobs more effectively. Normally, they’d get tutelage from their superior too, but that’s nearly impossible to do now. Luckily, VR can give them all the “hands-on” guidance they need. Professionals can use VR simulations to elevate the on-site onboarding experience, complete with a “supervisor” and all the visuals they need. The technology is also useful when remotely onboarding people in technical jobs that use elaborate tools like technicians and engineers, as they can be better guided through their responsibilities.
Training is an integral part of one’s career development, something that has been made much harder during the pandemic. Fortunately, HR professionals can use VR. Not only can VR training be conducted anywhere, but studies show that VR learners were 3.75x more “emotionally connected” to the content than on-site learners. This allowed them to absorb the material better. VR can place them in unique situations where they have to apply all the knowledge they’ve learned from the training session, allowing for a more intimate understanding of the material. Indeed, when it comes to employee training, modules need to be informative and engaging to get the best possible results.
VR is a big help to the HR process today, from onboarding to the training process. Plus, VR material can be used as long as the information on them is relevant, saving businesses time, costs, and other resources in the long run.