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Virtual Reality in the Workplace: What’s at Stake

by Samantha Kalany
Virtual Reality

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Virtual Reality, or VR is one of the largest buzzwords in the industry. Currently, thousands of enterprise members are integrating it into their workflows and factoring in its features. Though it’s not new to the scene, many workplaces are still harnessing this tool and seeing massive results. We’ve seen the devices cycle through the gaming realm, but now it’s jumping into the business applications of many workplaces across the country. In particular, many Human Resources departments are adopting the technology, to help work with new employees and implement updated training processes. It’s proven to work in smooth fashion, in comparison to computer-based training. How could you not want to get involved and test these Virtual Reality practices out for yourself? There are several perks to adopting this business traits, and perhaps many of your end-users could utilize from this trend.

Human Resources Necessities

  Often times, managers and HR coordinators will struggle with hiring the right candidate for the job, when bound to the traditional application processes. Both Virtual and Augmented reality technologies come to rescue by upgrading the process with advanced recruitment and assessment operations. Recruitment strategies can be costly for some organizations, with the many software memberships and the like. Hiring managers can also feel very overwhelmed under heaps of resumes and cover letters coming in the door. Virtual Reality comes into play through providing managers with the software/hardware headsets to filter through candidates at a preferred real-time speed.

By wearing a VR headset, applicants can be prompted to enter a real-world situation. Hiring managers are able to monitor and assess how those participants respond to the activity and can get a better feel for the applicant. Any old applicant can exaggerate a response, verbally, but allowing the individual to exhibit actions physically, there is a better chance of standing out. Managers can better assess strengths and weaknesses as well.

Next up: On-Boarding & Better Training Virtual Reality

This phase of the hiring process is vital in building company culture. The first day can be quite overwhelming for new employees, with new faces and overloads of information to remember. VR and other new digital tools can help improve these processes. New employees could perhaps take a virtual tour around the office, to know the Ins and Outs of the office and even place names to those faces.

An efficient training program can improve a new worker’s performance as well. Not only that, but through a more digitized training module, weaknesses can be transformed into strengths. Workplace productivity will increase as well, over time.

Big Data Matters

Going along with the Digital Transformation, data analytics is booming as expected. One can change the way certain industries access data on a monthly basis, at this point. Virtual Reality tools are a more interactive way of visualizing and cross-referencing such information. VR allows employees to actually ‘touch’ the data with their hands, and it could improve the decision-making process as a whole.

Virtual Reality Security

Cyberattacks can keep IT managers up at night, with no hope on the horizon. Hackers are evolving, so if you think you’re outsmarting, you’re not. A skilled hacker will always be two steps ahead of their prey. That’s where Virtual Reality can come in as the secret weapon. By utilizing VR, managers can integrate a thicker layer of security into their business processes, and essentially trick them into not accessing the network. In the means of this, either the hacker is trapped in a cage or promptly kicked out.

You can let the perks do the talking, because workplaces are adopting these VR tools and capabilities. From surgeons and astronauts to manufacturing engineers, there is an outlet for benefitting off of these Virtual Reality training modules. As ISVs, you can appease end-users, by supplying them with customized training software to onboard and integrate new and current employees. There is a will and a way to assist with the ongoing cycle that is the Digital Transformation, and virtual reality applications are the next step.

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