5 Reasons to be Using VR in Training

February 7, 2018

I’m sure we’ve all received training in work at some point. For me that was sitting in an office room upstairs while an HR manager put on an unbearable training DVD. This approach to training has been around for a long time and for a lot of industries it is found to be lacking. That’s where VR comes in. VR has the potential to revolutionize training in businesses and even other industries outside of the commercial like healthcare and the police, here’s why.

1. It will save you money

With the portability and compact nature of modern day VR, employees can be trained off of the shop floor. This means they are less likely to cause any wastage if they happen to break something or accidentally make a customer irate.

Being thoroughly trained in how to handle a wide variety of situations will also increase employee satisfaction and therefore decrease turnover rate. VR applications can be utilised to simulate a wide variety of scenarios including edge cases which will result in a more confident and capable employee.

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2. It will make you money

With your employees having taken your VR augmented training sessions they will be better able to handle their workload. This boosted productivity will result in increased profits for your business.

Another by-product of a well trained employee is improved customer satisfaction and a satisfied customer is one that will come back. So it makes sense to incorporate VR into training as soon as possible.

3. It can save lives

Given that VR can immerse the training candidate into an unlimited range of situations, this can be used in the healthcare and public security industries to provide training in life threatening conditions without risking harm to anyone and, in turn, increasing chances of success in reality.

From bomb disposal to brain surgery, professionals can receive training in tasks that are otherwise impossible or too expensive to replicate in real life.

4. Innovation

It’s a good rule of thumb these days for employers to keep their business as up to date as possible. Contactless payment seemed to pop up out of nowhere, the next advancement will be VR applied in training.

Companies that welcome innovations are ones that do well, they look good from a customer and prospective employee standpoint. Now’s the chance to become an industry leader overnight.

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5. Gamification

VR excels at gamifying the learning experience this can result in an overall more enjoyable and enriching experience for the employee. With a new generation of workers that have grown up playing video games, it makes sense to want to implement this now.

A good tutorial can teach mechanics to a player without them even realising it, so why not apply this to teaching your employees? Incorporating elements of game design into your training will boost the quality of the training itself and this will be even easier to do with the aid of a VR application.

There you have it, 5 reasons that you should be incorporating VR into your training programmes as soon as possible.

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