According to LinkedIn 2017 Workplace Learning Report, 78% of top industry leaders stated that formal classroom training is how their employees learn best about the operations. However, such training modules have since been proven unengaging, ineffective, and inflexible.
In its State of Workplace Training Study, Axonify found that:
It’s time to reimagine how business lessons are taught using virtual reality (VR). Luckily, now is the perfect time to do so, thanks to the recent interactive learning solutions and virtual reality developments across the globe.
To understand how effective VR is for business lessons, here’s an example of an organization that implemented VR for lessons, and how it benefited the company.
A multinational retail corporation has trained over a million employees using VR. One of its most frequently used modules for training is a large kiosk where the customers give orders.
Before VR, new employees used to go through an entire day of training in a specifically designed store to understand the process. However, with VR, they could learn the entire process within 15 minutes with step-by-step instructions and immediate feedback.
The VR module cut down the training time from eight hours to 15 minutes, and it ensured zero drops in the efficacy of the training. Since the company trains all of its employees for this process, the VR module saves the company over a million days of work that it would otherwise spend on traditional training.
Here are a few ways virtual reality development and interactive learning solutions can benefit organizations with employee training.
Hundreds of academic papers have been published showcasing the efficacy of procedural learning, i.e., VR training. These papers claim that VR training is equivalent to face-to-face training, but it beats traditional training in terms of economic savings, decreased lesson times, and flexibility. Thus, VR offers a more efficient method of training new employees.
There is a massive demand for soft skills training in modern organizations that improves managerial skills and customer service. Here, VR offers a better, more effective alternative to traditional training. In fact, many organizations have already started using VR to teach public speaking.
It would be difficult and expensive to simulate a live demonstration in traditional training, especially when the organization has to assemble a room full of real people. Here, VR is a game-changer in terms of cost and ease of use. Organizations can simply use VR to simulate a room full of people and let the trainees practise their soft skills in a safe environment. VR is immersive enough that the trainees take it seriously, and the lack of actual people also gives the trainees a boost in confidence.
Due to the pandemic, it is difficult for companies to assimilate and onboard employees into the company culture. Here, the companies can use VR to safely train the new employees about the company culture.
One of the best examples is an American supermarket company that created several VR experiences to onboard new employees; the modules used an Exemplar Model to impart the cultural lessons. When the company surveyed 300 of their employees—50% of whom used VR training and the rest that used PPT training, the results were astonishing. 48% of the employees who used VR training understood the six concepts perfectly, whereas only 3% of those who used PPT training understood the six concepts correctly.
Astronauts, surgeons, and pilots have been trained using VR for decades, but virtual reality development has fast-tracked in the past few years, especially thanks to the global pandemic. Industries such as retail, logistics, and customer service are now practicing virtual reality by working with eLearning content providers to train their employees about various processes.
MPS Interactive is one of the leading eLearning content development companies to help your organization use the best VR technology to train your employees. After all, people learn best by doing, and our VR eLearning lessons help them practice the processes in a safe space. Contact us to know more.