Most people hear and know about Virtual Reality (VR) via gaming. However, VR, alongside with its two siblings, Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), can do more than just providing an escape from reality.
Corporations around the world are embracing this technology to create authentic learning and training sessions for their workers. This article explores these creative changes in workplace education.
VR uses 3D images to immerse you within a simulated setting. The intent is to help you feel a genuine experience of place. Here are some benefits companies are seeing with these novel education tools.
Improved Business and Soft Skills
Financesonline has reported that the number one benefit of VR in employee development is making learning more accessible and putting the employees in real-life situations. This technology allows a new member of the team to practice listening skills that translate into better communication within the company. Creating authentic conditions for workers to practice requires soft skills; educating them in a way a classroom can never replicate.
Enhanced Diversity, Inclusion, and Harassment Training
Virtual tools can reduce unconscious bias and improve communications among workers when an issue like discrimination comes into play. Another benefit; team members now can identify nuances of sexual harassment. As a result, they can respond to incidents of sexual harassment effectively.
Decrease Risk in Volatile Situations
In the past, trainees of the company were asked to imagine how they would handle disgruntled customers or disagreements with co-workers. Today, virtual tools place employees in realistic intense situations to improve their interpersonal skills to diffuse or improve the situation.
Increased Workforce Productivity
DHL Expressed used this education software to encourage safe, efficient, unit load device stacking. They tested the learning platform at 12 locations around the world. They discovered that 99% of employees mentioned that it improved their work productivity.
Some companies have adopted Augmented and Mixed Reality for worker education and garnered amazing results.
AR superimposes information and fabricated digital objects in real-world settings. For example, you might have seen your friend with rabbit ears in a Facebook photo. This means that you had seen AR in action.
Employees at Boeing are putting Augmented tools into action to help install wiring in aircraft. This learning software allows workers to access hands-free, interactive 3-D diagrams that improve wire installation. That leads to improved productivity.
Other industries, such as Healthcare, employ Augmentation technology to help medical students enhance their medical understanding and abilities. Medical students use AR to:
- Create human body models to understand anatomy better.
- Use simulations to gain a keener grasp on the medical conditions of patients.
- Practice surgical techniques on digital created patients.
MR combines fabricated and real-world elements to create unique settings and visuals. All the components interact with each other in real-time. MR is seen as a tremendous training factor to ease business operations.
For instance, the French truck maker, Renault, uses HoloLens to improve the quality control process with its engine assembly operations. Assembly operators use MR to see decision-making instructions that guide them through complicated control operations. This technology will replace paper instructions usage.
Other technicians at various manufacturing companies use MR. They use this software to ensure they have all the needed information in front of them to efficiently and effectively fix any machinery issues they face.
Technologies we once thought of are for gaming and reality escaping are now transforming the training of employees. As a result, these three technologies are encouraging new frontiers for business and productivity growth.