VR is Changing the Landscape for Training and Organizational Development
You’ve probably heard it before- virtual reality is going to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of art, culture, and the human experience. These “game changing” expectations place a lot of pressure on the industry, and are typically correlated with CONSUMER VR. Often unnoticed, however, are the players in the industry that are solving real business problems with VR solutions.
For this blog post we wanted to run through those business solutions where virtual reality is solving a true pain point for businesses. By chipping away at different problems in different industries, it’s only a matter of time that virtual reality will live up to the hype, and for some, it already is.
Oh the power of simulation! Quarterbacks are often tasked with memorizing over 300+ plays. This capacity to be on top of every detail in the game, while maintaining composure requires an intense commitment to practice and repetition. A company called STRIVR recognized this as an opportunity to introduce virtual reality to the gridiron. By using a VR headset to simulate plays at game speed, STRIVR developed a tool for QB’s and other positions on the field to take their homework for the game off the field. We can undoubtedly expect athletes in other sports to take notice and for the industry to continue to develop applications for virtual reality in other sports.
This video definitely gives a pretty good understanding of what’s at stake for medical students practicing surgery. Imagine trying to recall all of the material you studied for an exam you took months ago, and then applying that material in a scenario where the consequences of making a single mistake could compromise someone’s ability to walk. Much respect to OSSO VR for their pivot from video game development into orthopedic surgery. The gaming industry will always be there but someone’s ability to walk may not. It’s cool to see developers focusing on problems that can change lives.
As you continue to see where this is going, it comes of no shock that Defense Engineering is another field that is being shaped by the power of virtual reality. “Any stage in the product development life cycle, from concept, to prototyping, to manufacturing, you can do it virtually” (Jeffrey Smith | BYU Mechanical Engineering Student). A commonality between all of these projects seems to be simulating experiences where the risk involved can prevent bodily injury and expensive mistakes.
Volkswagen brings a up a great point in this video. Employees are able to share space with their trainers in a virtual world even if they’re thousands of miles away. With instruction being attainable for employees regardless of what hemisphere they’re in, a multi-national company such as VW can maintain a clear standard for training and organizational development without racking up a a huge bill for travel expenses.
Imagine being the new kid on the block at a retail center on Black Friday. Babies crying, 40 person lines, and a brand new cash register interface….have no fear because you’ve done this before in a simulated environment. Walmart realized that trial by fire was probably not the best way to introduce their employees to Black Friday. While the stakes may not seem as high as surgery, preparing employees for an overwhelming crowd of people from the comfort of a VR headset is a creative way to help employees perform well under pressure.
6. Organizational Development
Last but not least comes the organizational development industry. Having real human interactions in a simulated world with co-workers is extremely powerful. Interpersonal communication is the driving force behind employee relations and a key component of functional teams. Through virtual reality team building practices, teams are encouraged to have fun while they encounter situations that will fortify their team dynamic and provide insights for management on how teams are communicating.
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