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The benefits of using VR to help new employees step into their role with confidence

Why you should consider Virtual Reality for onboarding

Driven by increasing demands on delivery outcomes, the small - medium business owners focus on capabilities and skills to get the job done and with Onboarding best practices taking up to 3 months; it often becomes inconsistent and generally new employees are expected to integrate as quickly as possible by ‘hitting the ground running’ or having to rely on team members to help them out.

Employers want employees to belong, feel engaged whilst getting the job done. Some of the reasons why onboarding becomes complicated are: the setting up of onboarding processes which aren’t always prioritised, time constraints, not knowing how to engage with employees working from home and teams that are split interstate, or just too many variables.

How does VR help provide a benefit?

Choosing to use virtual reality for onboarding can immediately raise the level of engagement of employees by delivering the induction process in a fun, practical and impactful way. Being immersed in a real space, using 360-degree images and 3D environments, employees feel the emotions of being present and this aids in their learning process and retaining information.

A VR solution combines and streamlines all onboarding activities in one place. The benefits clearly helping to shorten the onboarding period and help employees feel engaged.

  • Delivering a consistent message, share a message from the CEO that delivers the vision and key goals of the company. This message in VR can be impactful and by making it interactive via gamification, allows the employee to feel quickly integrated with company values and culture.

  • Showcasing the office, kitchen/meeting places or different sites, new starters become familiar with various locations by transporting them via a Virtual Tour to production sites, manufacturing plants and workshops that might not usually be within easy reach. By immersing them in these tours new employees can immediately relate and feel appropriately succinct providing huge benefits in those initial meetings.

  • Provide upfront scenario-based training for onboarding situations, such as, instructions on how set up their IT equipment, perhaps include a quiz about their level of technical competency, giving employers an indication of how much assistance the employee might need, information about their desk space should they eventually come into the office; right down to where to find office supplies.

  • Opportunities to further improve skills based training Besides onboarding, key training situations could be; health and safety in the workplace, and more scenario skills based training such as introducing information about customers, sales or company products and services.

These onboarding and training situations can give an employee key insight at the start of their learning, which could generally take many weeks to understand.

Virtual Reality brings the WOW

For those working remotely, the learning curve is usually steep, compared to those in the office where often learning is via coffee chats and water coolers. There’s a genuine hesitation for companies to move forward with emerging technology and a key factor being introducing new ways of working which could impact day to day productivity.

However, there’s tons of research that connects high levels of engagement with increased productivity and businesses should be looking to stand out and WOW their employees.

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