Virtual Reality in Human Resource: How Can It Help?

Did you ever think that virtual reality can actually help you improve retention and productivity?

Imagine helping your employees adjust with ongoing demand through VR sets.

Walmart helped their employees get acquainted with a high rush during the holiday season. They used VR sets to train the staff.

Isn’t that amazing?

While we all are thinking that virtual reality is only for gaming, it has surpassed that phase and entered almost every field. Businesses are using VR to train employees, reduce orientation hours, and it is even being used in the healthcare sector to make working efficiently.

Let’s see how VR can help HRs enhance the working of their employees.

What Is VR?

Virtual reality is an experience which is similar to reality. It is not really true, however, it feels like it. For instance, if you know about IKEA, you may also know that they have a VR catalog. You can actually see how the furniture units will look in your home before purchasing them.

How To Use VR In HR?

1.      Onboarding

VR can improve the experience of your new employees greatly. You can reduce the time required for orientation, give your employees a quick tour, help them visualize the work culture even before they join, and encounter how tasks are handled.

If you have various offices at different locations, this would be even better as every team member would be well-acquainted with each other. It, additionally, won’t take much time to get used to the working pattern if you give it a right start.

Further, many organizations start this VR tour even before the employee joins. This helps in getting to work immediately and even the employee can adjust faster.

2.      Recruitment

You can help your potential employees experience what it is like to work with you through VR. This will help you attract the right talent for your workplace. As people will know about your company’s culture in advance, they would be less likely to leave.

3.      Learning

Probably, this is the best application of VR in HR. In fact, NASA used virtual reality for training and it made sense. You can experience the scenarios in training with VR which increases the retention of what is being learned. Moreover, this is a fun way of learning. Boring verbal sessions may only lead employees to skip learning. But, with VR, more employees will sign up.

4.      Building Relations

You can connect with your users in real-time. Jumping back to IKEA example, the company helps its users visualize what will look great in their house or what will not. They immediately build a connection with their users. No doubt, IKEA is preferred by so many people.

5.      Collaboration

Every organization has some off-shore employees and freelancers. While some may be waiting for a Skype call, you can use VR instead to give these employees a sense of belonging. You can involve them in your company’s events and help them collaborate with other employees.

Conclusion

Implementing VR doesn’t have to be a costly thing. You can purchase cardboard sets for starters and ask some of your technical employees to help you with execution. Once these things are implemented, you’ll realize how you can enhance working, orientation, learning, and the recruitment process of your organization.

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