VR in recruiting, onboarding and training
→ VR helps you build a forward-thinking employer image that appeals to young talent.
→ An opportunity to visit the future working environment remotely in virtual reality helps applicants decide if it's the right fit for them, and may even improve retention levels.
→ VR helps you stand out at job fairs and other recruitment events.
→ VR enhances the candidate experience, helps increase the candidate pool, and helps win over top talents in a competitive job market.
→ Putting job applicants to the test in on-the-job VR simulations gives a chance to assess candidates in ways that are not possible in the conventional evaluation process.
→ People engaged in a VR experience feel like something is actually happening to them in real life – rather than simply observing – accelerating the acquisition of critical job knowledge, skills and behaviours.
→ Anytime & anywhere VR enables on-demand and remote onboarding – new hires can proceed at their own pace, time and location, taking more control of their onboarding journey.
→ A virtual walkthrough of your facilities allows new employees to more easily find their way around your real facilities – and virtual tours of offices and sites in other countries help new hires feel part of a global organisation.
→ Adding VR into the onboarding mix helps new team members integrate faster into the organisation and become productive faster.
→ Leaders can welcome new employees virtually when they are personally not available to attend orientation sessions.
→ VR enables personalised and experiential learning that gives people control of their learning experience, leading to higher interest and better engagement.
→ Studies suggest that people adapt to a VR training scenario as easily as other training methods, regardless of their previous exposure to VR.
→ Studies indicate that people feel more immersed, are more focused on the task, and show higher levels of motivation in VR than in traditional training.
→ VR training is suitable for learners of all ages, as studies show that older and younger adults can feel equally comfortable in virtual environments.
→ VR provides an effective tool to train seasonal workers and outsourced service contractors on the safety protocols in your facilities to avoid injuries and associated costs.
→ Practice for rare and risky situations in an immersive VR training experience – as many times as necessary – helps people feel ready and confident when real-life issues occur.
→ VR allows you to make invisible hazards visible and create safety training scenarios that are too dangerous or cost-prohibitive to recreate in real life.
→ VR training scenarios help employees learn about the consequences of their actions and adopt adequate safety procedures in completely safe settings – without risking injury or equipment damage.
→ Studies show that people recall information better and retain their knowledge longer through VR-based learning than through traditional training methods.
→ Immersive VR experiences capture learners' full attention, with no opportunity for multitasking. The sense of presence – "as if they were there" – helps learners feel both emotionally and cognitively present in the situation. The depth of engagement and the higher attention level lead to better retention of information.
→ Because of less travel and less materials consumed, VR can reduce the environmental footprint of training.
→ Individualised, one-on-one training is typically more effective than training videos, manuals or classroom lectures – but too expensive to scale. VR enables individualised training that can be cost-effectively scaled across the organisation.
→ Learners and trainers in different locations can be connected remotely in the same virtual space. Fewer learners sent to training centres or fewer trainers sent onsite leads to lower travel costs and less time spent on travelling.
→ There is no need to use physical production equipment and real materials for training in VR, leading to cost savings. And mistakes are free in a virtual environment.
→ Multi-user VR environments enable guided learning sessions that combine the benefits of immersive virtual content with the strengths of hands-on master–apprentice learning.
→ Compared to traditional classroom training, VR-based training can provide more flexible access to new knowledge and skills, catering to learners' preference to anytime, anywhere learning.
→ VR training on safety procedures and other practices enables faster induction of contractors during scheduled maintenance and service outages and helps temporary workers get up to speed more efficiently.
→ VR simulations allow employees to train for their future work environment in good time before the real-life facility is in operation, enabling smoother start-up and less revenue lost.
→ Field service and other employees can familiarise themselves with remote sites in advance in a VR environment, facilitating faster orientation once onsite.
→ Unlike on-site training, VR training causes no disruption to regular work, no loss of production and no risks related to new employees unfamiliar with the site.
→ Learning by doing and learning from mistakes in a safe virtual environment help improve performance and reduce error rates – studies suggest that during VR training, performance improves and people make fewer errors than those who use more traditional training methods.
→ While learners may have access to real-life equipment for a limited time only, they can spend more time to hone their skills in repeated VR training sessions – and then transfer those skills into the real world for better work performance.