How Virtual Reality is improving employee training in various industries

Oct 13, 2018 | Blog, Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality and employee training

Training new employees can be extremely demanding in both resources and time, and sometimes it even carries hazardous risks to either people or inventory, because the gap between a person knowing what to do and being able to do it properly can be pretty big. But even in fields, where your actions can have great impact and the room for error is small, you still need training.

This is where Virtual Reality can help us even out the learning curve.

Virtual Reality is perhaps most commonly linked to games and entertainment in general, but its potential expands beyond entertainment and into practicality.

Virtual Reality gives us new possibilities for employee training

Putting a person into a virtual space, where they are fully immersed and able to interact with their virtual surroundings creates a great opportunity for training skills. You get close to experiencing the real thing and learn, yet if you make a mistake in the virtual world? It’s okay, cause it doesn’t harm anything or anyone in the real world. This creates an enormous room for error in the training, which in turn gives the trainee a stress-free learning experience, where they can gain skills more easily and accurately put them to work later. This in itself evens out the learning curve somewhat, but furthermore you can gamify the training in VR and ease the employees into things, using simple game mechanics like experience points and levels. This not only gives the employee a way of measuring their progress, but gives them more incitament to move forward and have a bit of fun with it. It also gives you a better opportunity to work together on projects, even though the team members are far apart physically. This means that you can have a workshop for employees situated different places in the world without the cost or logistics of travel. And when it comes to building prototypes of new products, virtual reality is a lot less costly and time-demanding than building actual physical prototypes, so it gives the employees a greater space to work creatively and learn, when they create new products. On the other hand, it also gives employers opportunity to gain insight into where the trainees have issues and what can be done to improve assembly lines and avoid injuries in the real workspace, by analyzing data gathered from the training sessions.  Let’s look at some of the industries, where Virtual Reality training is used.

VR in Automotive industry

Several automotive companies including Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Ford use Virtual Reality in their process. Ford uses Virtual Reality to train their product development employees to really get a grasp of what the users experience and need, not only regarding the end users of the primary product, but also it also helps improve the process for manufacturing employees at Ford.

Virtual Reality in Surgery

Virtual reality is also used in health care, hospitals and surgery. Surgeons use Virtual Reality to, among other things, learn how to conduct an operation. To improve the immersive VR experience haptic VR simulations has been developed which helps new and upcoming surgeons get better a grasp of their craft, before they have to operate in real life. Literally. This ensures that new surgeons can make mistakes in their training, without risking any harm to anyone.  

VR in Retail

We’ve probably all heard of or seen videos of frenzied shoppers aggressively trying to get the best offers on Black Friday. And in havoc there are employees who have to stay safe, while still providing great service to the shopping enthusiasts. Walmart uses Virtual Reality to train their employees for this hectic day.  The simulation shows the employee how customers will react to sales items, lets them gauge the flow of traffic through the store and gives them and generally gives them a better grasp of how to manage large hectic crowds. Within Virtual Reality you can simulate high-stress scenarios effectively and without having to close down a store in order to use it for training. There are many other fields, where VR training can be an asset, here at VMA Nordic we have also recently worked on VR training for pharmaceutical students, which we will soon tell you more about in a new blogpost.   We hope, that these examples has made the potential for VR training understandable and concrete.

Are you considering implementing Virtual Reality in the training of your employees?

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