Virtual reality (VR) is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for corporations because it addresses a wide variety of training needs.
5 examples of virtual reality (VR) for corporate training include:
- Prepare for Emergencies with Full VR Robbery Training
- Diversity and Inclusion Training with 360° VR
- Develop Soft Skills for Employee Coaching with 360° VR
- Onboard New Retail Employees with 360° VR
- Practice Complex Processes with a Full VR Driving Simulation
By 2030, 23 million jobs worldwide are set to use virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) for training, meetings, or customer service purposes. As organizations across the globe continue to realize the benefits of VR technology for training, it’s time to consider what a VR training program could look like at your organization.
At Roundtable Learning, we develop custom VR training programs tailored to an organization’s learning needs. We’ve seen firsthand the ways that VR for corporate training boosts employee engagement, retention, and productivity.
This article will define what VR training is, explain the benefits that come with its use, and explore 5 examples of using VR for corporate training.
What Is Virtual Reality Training?
VR training pushes the boundaries of traditional learning by simulating any world you can imagine. With VR, learners are given opportunities to develop their skills and encounter true-to-life scenarios without facing real-world risk. VR creates an environment that uses pre-recorded video or is fully simulated.
A custom VR training program typically takes around 8-10 weeks or more to develop. Cost-wise, a VR program costs $20,000 to $150,000 or more on average depending on whether 360° VR or full VR is used.
6 Key Benefits Of Virtual Reality For Corporate Training
- Creates a Safe Learning Environment — A significant benefit of VR training is that learners develop their skills, take risks, and learn from mistakes in a risk-free environment.
- Exciting and Engaging — VR is a futuristic, interactive learning technology that engages learners through hands-on activities.
- Scalable with Multiple Accessibility Options — VR is a scalable training solution that’s accessible through multiple sources, such as a headset, desktop, or mobile device.
- Realistic Skills Practice — VR allows learners to practice developing their hard and soft skills by accurately recreating any real-world object, person, or environment.
- Wireless updates to content and software — Instead of requiring in-person meetings to make updates to content and software, VR training can be updated wirelessly with an extended reality system (XRS).
- Collects Key Training Metrics — Unlike traditional learning modalities, VR collects key training metrics like body movements, retinal eye tracking, number of replays, and more.
Now that we know what VR training is and the benefits that come with its use, let’s dive into 5 examples of VR for corporate training.
Prepare for Emergencies with Full VR Robbery Training
In this fully simulated environment, learners practice responding to a robbery situation at their workplace. As the learner makes selections on their point-of-sale (POS) system, they’re suddenly confronted by the robber and asked to hand over money in the register. Through branched learning, the robber completes different actions triggered by the learner’s responses.
This situation teaches the learner how to respond in the event of a robbery, preparing them if this were to happen in real life. The immersive nature of this VR experience simulates the real-life stressful situation and allows learners to practice making decisions. Learners walk away from the activity with the knowledge needed to alleviate the situation in real life, keeping themself and others safe.
Diversity and Inclusion Training with 360° VR
A 360° VR training activity is used to teach learners how to recognize unconscious bias within themselves and others. For example, a learner is placed at a conference table with other coworkers and observes their conversations throughout a meeting. One coworker, in particular, makes a discriminatory comment toward a minority employee. After viewing this microaggression, the learner must decide how to be an ally and respond to this comment appropriately. This activity teaches learners the following skills:
- How to develop racial awareness
- How to be empathetic toward others
- How to handle microaggressions
The major benefit of VR for training is that this technology recreates realistic human interactions. This allows learners to feel like they’re in a real-life situation where they make mistakes and learn from them without directly affecting others.
Develop Soft Skills for Employee Coaching with 360° VR
Leaders at your organization can complete a 360° VR activity where they learn how to coach their team members. Throughout the activity, the learner observes their coworker as they handle a stressful phone call. In order to alleviate the situation, the learner calls their coworker into their office, then selects various responses based on their behavior.
This activity equips leaders at your organization with the soft skills needed to effectively manage their teams. By using actors filmed on-site at an office location, this experience trains leaders in how to appropriately handle a stressful employee situation. After selecting responses, the learner is able to observe the reactions and emotions of their employee. This helps to equip leaders with the soft skills needed to lead their teams with confidence.
Onboard New Retail Employees with 360° VR
With a 360° VR activity, newly onboarded retail employees practice operating their POS system and interacting with virtual customers. Learners practice processing returns, answering questions about merchandise, and handling irate customers before stepping foot behind their actual retail counter.
This VR activity allows learners to practice their customer service skills without sacrificing the reputation of their organization. After completing this VR onboarding activity, employees will feel more prepared to address customers’ needs with ease on Day 1.
Practice Complex Processes with a Full VR Driving Simulation
In this immersive driving simulation, the learner practices making a safe delivery. To start the activity, learners prepare their truck for delivery by turning the vehicle on and adjusting their mirrors. Throughout the rest of the activity, learners must maintain a safe driving distance between their truck, other vehicles, and pedestrians. With a safety indicator and distance to object measure, learners gauge whether or not they’re being a safe driver.
This activity provides learners with a safe environment to refine their driving skills and learn from mistakes that would otherwise be fatal in real-life. By wearing a VR headset and steering the wheel in front of them, learners are able to:
- Learn critical safety skills for driving
- Repeat the activity and correct mistakes
- Approach the task in real-life with more confidence
Let’s Incorporate Virtual Reality Into Your Corporate Training!
VR offers a unique learning experience that employees are sure to remember. Whatever your training needs may be, VR has the solution.
Are you a VR first-timer looking to elevate your training program? We’re here to help! Book a meeting with one of our experts or get started designing your custom program today.