How Virtual Reality is Changing HR

As Human Resource professionals have begun to realize a need for creative solutions to their problems, virtual reality technology is conveniently advancing and becoming more affordable. 

Introducing an interactive and exciting form of training not only grabs the attention of incoming employees, but also reduces guesswork during the hiring process, aids personal development in the workplace, and effectively collects and relays data. Keep reading to find out how the introduction of a new form of technology can help your company thrive. 

Improve Retention Rates

Unlike traditional methods of training, virtual reality is exciting because it’s a personal experience that stimulates a person’s senses – and the more stimulated your senses, the more memorable the experience.

Virtual Reality reality inspires employees and employers to think creatively when solving problems, without worrying about the risk of making a mistake. Being able to explore the solution of a problem without there actually being one reduces any pressure an employee might feel, and boosts confidence once completed 

Participating in a virtual reality enhances performance and reduces course time for training, making it much easier to sit through and retain information. In this study by the University of Michigan Medical School, surgeons who trained with VR improved their time on task by 83% and were more than 70% more efficient than surgeons who trained using traditional methods.

Stop Playing the Guessing Game

Hiring costs per employee now average $4,129, so hiring managers are increasingly pressured to make sure they are not making any mistakes during the hiring process.

Hoping that a candidate isn’t lying during their interview or on their application is a thing of the past with Virtual Reality.

Simulating a job in a virtual space allows hiring managers to get a real grasp of a candidate’s skills from the get-go, resulting in less time and money spent on the hiring process itself.

The benefit doesn’t end with hiring managers and job candidates, however. Employers can use the same programs to ensure that full-time employees are also adequately trained and efficiently performing their duties. Virtual reality gets rid of the guesswork, motivates employees to learn their crafts, and gives employers an accurate idea of what can be improved.

Hiring has also been getting a lot harder in more recent years. According to Roy Maurer, an editor for Talent Acquisition at shrm.org, there are less qualified professionals in the market. A lack of technical and applied skills are two contributors to the issue.

When a company needs to hire, it may be beneficial for them to test a candidate with virtual reality. While the candidate may not have the technical skill listed on their resume, it isn’t impossible to have the aptitude to learn it quickly. This could, in the long run, save the company time, money, and energy when hiring during difficult hiring periods. 

Personal Development and Combatting Social Issues in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace isn’t new, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to improve how companies handle it. Virtual reality’s flexibility can launch employees into the perfect environments to resolve their conflicts without the immediateneed for intervention on HR’s behalf. 

The virtual environments can also help HR professionals better understand employee strifes, which allows them to handle issues in the most professional and helpful ways possible. 

Employers can also provide company-wide training for subjects such as sexual harassment in a way that is personalized, appropriate and equal to all involved.

A virtual reality world tailored to combatting social issues and improving personal development can be compared to a therapist – one that not only helps employees deal with their problems on an individual level but teaches them company-wide expectations at the same time.

Virtual reality experiences like these can also be a great tool in identifying troublesome employees or ones who just aren’t the best fit for the company’s culture in the long run.

Keep in mind, all this is being done without a finger being lifted by the actual HR team. They can instead focus on other aspects of their jobs while the VR system works on identify the most pressing workplace conflict. 

Collect and Relay Data Equally

Virtual reality allows employers to compile employee data in an equal and personalized manner. From eye-tracking technology to test score analysis, VR can extract as much real-life data as possible. In fact, you can even measure biometrics – stress levels and emotional oscillations – and an employee’s brainwaves to see how well they respond to tasks and/or environments.

Let’s not forget; letting technology handle data collection removes human error from the situation. Any data that you may want to be tracked will be. Taking the human away from data collection leaves little room for miscommunication and misunderstanding. 

No one can deny that complicated problems need creative solutions, and when those solutions become affordable, it’s hard to turn your back on them. So, you shouldn’t have to. Working with an experienced team that can guide you through every step of the process is all you need to start saving your business money with virtual reality. What’s stopping you from being the next Walmart?

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