More and more industries are reaping the benefits of virtual reality (VR) in their day-to-day work. Although the technology is fairly new, VR has proven to be a great advantage in several areas of business.
Industries from space travel to charity collecting have taken advantage of the training possibilities of VR. The ability to recreate real-life situations with none of the real-life consequences have enabled learners to learn through exploration and safe failure, and to gain a better understanding of how they would react to the pressures they would face in the field.
Virtual reality is especially effective in training younger employees, who are typically more tech-savvy but have less workplace experience. Recreating the environment in VR can give them an idea of what to expect in the real-life work environment.
VR-based learning can also help kinaesthetic learners retain knowledge more easily. When combined with gamification, VR-based learning can also increase motivation in learners across the board.
Training is just one of the ways VR can make a company more efficient. Here at the Immersive Learning Studio, we’ve been developing digital Project Management Offices (PMOs) using VR. This is a useful and engaging way to bring geographically dispersed teams together in a shared space – whether it’s a replica of your real-life office or a purpose-built digital PMO. Team members appear in the room with you and interact with the data. The project planning boards can be linked to real-life boards and can update in real-time to reflect live changes. This makes data sharing easier and means that teams can access this information together, from anywhere in the world.
These are just two examples of business areas that can be improved through VR. The technology is constantly advancing and new uses are regularly being made apparent, but, even today, VR can have a hugely positive impact on your company.