While vital to run a successful business operation, training an employee costs a company a lot of time, effort, and money. Hands-on training requires an expert in the task, which takes time out of their working day. In more lackluster cases, new employees may have to watch an instructive video or, worse yet, simply read about the task they will perform. They are forced, in these ways, to imagine what the experience will be like without actually doing it. This can lead to false interpretations and a lack of confidence.
VR training, however, places the training employee in a simulated hands-on learning environment. It promises to usher in a future of efficient, effective, and economical training for small and large companies alike.
It may sound like a development of the future, but the future of VR training is now; it’s quickly becoming a standard in many industries. Successful companies across the globe are utilizing this tool to streamline and elevate their training processes. We’ve chosen to showcase five of these companies that have embraced this medium to their great benefit. After reading, you’ll probably be wondering how you can do the same. If you have any questions or need a helping hand, feel free to reach out.
Walmart combines VR and training to facilitate success
Since 2017, the retail giant has used VR applications to train and assess the skills of their employees. The applications incorporate 360° video taken from within one of their stores and interactive experiences that challenge the employee to solve interpersonal conflicts unfolding in front of them. Managers can see how an employee might deal with a difficult customer without the need of any real-life drama.
Much of the application’s utility is to step into real-life scenarios as an employee, but in one instance, the employee is forced into an alternate perspective. In one moment, they are a cashier with a long line of customers in front of them. Then, they suddenly find themselves as one of the customers reading a text from their spouse asking when they’ll be home. This profound facet of the experience is a testament to the depth of what can be expressed through VR training.
A focus on safety in Avacon’s VR training
Avacon, a networking subsidiary of the international energy provider E.ON, supplements their on-site training with a VR training experience created by VRdirect. Using 360° images and video, the experience allows users to identify health and safety risks evident in scenes at the job site without actually being in danger. With more time and less stress in this virtual environment, employees learn how to do the job right and how to do it safely. All outside distractions are eliminated in VR training, increasing the user’s focus on the content of the experience. To learn more about how to improve safety and performance in VR training, read our article on the subject.
The goal of VRdirect’s partnership with Avacon is to develop a library of training content that employees can return to at any time without additional cost or health and safety risk. Even with the best training, information is best retained through repetition. The fact that these experiences can be freely revisited is invaluable to the training process.
Porsche VR training educates about electric vehicles
To educate their employees about the various components that make electric vehicles work, celebrated automotive company Porsche created a VR training experience. In it, users explore a captivating exhibit while guided by a narrator. As they navigate around the space, they approach displays containing both an animated electrical component and an interactive quiz pertaining to it. This interactivity increases retention and overall educational effectiveness.
Porsche is able to distribute this project in a variety of ways. Their primary means of distribution is downloading the app on Oculus Go VR headsets, which they acquired specifically for the occasion. When one is not on hand, however, they are also able to simply open the experience through a web browser with a web player, as well as share a link to it through their company intranet. For a huge company like Porsche, a training experience has to not only be compelling, but also easy to share and access company-wide.
Boeing prototypes their assembly process in VR
Boeing uses virtual reality to train mechanics in the assembly and installation of landing gear into their new 737 aircraft. In doing so, the mechanics to get a first-hand look and feel of the processes months before they actually begin. The engineers who are designing the aircraft benefit as well—receiving and improving upon feedback that identifies flaws in the production system.
The VR training experience has been lauded by mechanics and engineers alike who have expressed just how big of a difference it makes in the end product. With its success, Boeing foresees a near future where they can simulate any type of maintenance situation a mechanic might face. See a VR experience of the ground-breaking vehicle here.
Henkel’s health and safety scavenger hunt
Much like with Avacon, VRdirect partnered with chemical and consumer goods company Henkel to create a VR training experience that educates employees about health and safety risks at the workplace. As the user looks around their environment, they are tasked with identifying potential risks. When they find all the risks on their checklist, they get to move onto the next environment. Scanning over the busy scenes is a bit like a scavenger hunt, and it’s this gamification of the training that makes Henkel’s and so many other VR training experiences both successful and enjoyable.
The Future is Now
With the increasing number of companies offering VR training to their employees and the burgeoning advancements in VR technology, there is no better time than the present to see what this exciting new medium can do for your company. So, what are you waiting for? Visit https://www.vrdirect.com/solutions/vr-training to request a demo and learn about how VRdirect can take your company’s training to the next level.