How Enterprises use VR for training
Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming more popular amongst enterprises who are looking to improve their current employee training methods (source). 60% of training methods used by enterprises today include content training such as PDF’s, webinars and videos.
Virtual Reality training is being used to help reduce costs and improve on-the-job training (source). As employee training often requires supervision and expensive equipment, it makes for a time consuming process. A recent report in 2016 mentions the average cost to train new employees was $1,250 (source). Of course, this number does not take into account the time and effort put into training resources.
Ways to implement Virtual Reality training include PC-based VR for first VR training pilots, standalone VR HMDs such as Oculus Quest and Vive Focus Plus. These methods promise a bright future and allow for easier adoption from users, reduced cost and large-scale designs for enterprises to roll-out (source).
Where spatial relationships are important, Virtual Reality can replicate a training scenario in a realistic way. Common training methods cannot easily explain these use cases. NASA uses Virtual Reality to replicate scenarios that might occur while working in space (source). In doing so, they are training and preparing employees for situations that might happen while working in space. One main benefit of Virtual Reality training is the higher engagement which leads to better retention of knowledge (source), so learning is completed faster and more effectively.
Enterprises are using Virtual Reality to educate their employees about larger social issues (source). For example, Walmart are using Virtual Reality to prepare employees for the chaotic Black Friday sales (source). Similarly, Chipotle is using Virtual Reality to train employees how to act in hostage situations (source). In doing so, employees are better prepared before they enter the workplace.
It can be a challenge to ensure the safety of staff when training practices involve potentially dangerous equipment. Virtual Reality provides employees a safe environment to learn in (source). Military and construction workers are utilizing Virtual Reality training to prepare employees for dangerous situations (source). The aviation industry, for example, have been using flight simulators for more than eighty years. This allows pilots to learn how to operate planes without damaging expensive equipment or putting themselves and/or passengers at risk (source). As a result of more affordable technology, adjacent use cases such as ground handling and cabin searching is starting to adopt VR training (source).
Scaling VR is still challenging for enterprises, as there is much to learn about Virtual Reality in business contexts. There are technological challenges in the life-cycle of training applications that we need to overcome. We made this challenge our purpose. Innoactive make Virtual Reality training scalable, allowing creators to use Unity to define training workflows and developers to customize training experiences. As a result companies can have their training tailored to suit their specific needs.
Find out more about how our platform allows you to create trainings without programming skills with just a few clicks in a maintainable way, and distribute them to the employees in your organization.