Besides the fact that the term virtual reality has basically been a buzzword ever since the 90’s, the technology of VR has finally caught up with the times. Even though VR has somewhat failed in previous ventures through the last few decades, its uses can potentially benefit other fields such as today’s business. Here are five ways businesses today can use VR to improve their work or work environment.
1. Preview an interior for a new office:
IT departments these days often move other departments into new office buildings without exactly knowing how the layout of the newly moved departments would pan out. Attempting to envision scenarios like the proximity to other locations in the building can render challenging. VR can assist office planners to preview what their future layout in a new office would look like. They can even sit in a virtual cubicle, stand up and walk over to another area, or even preview to see how long an employee has to walk to a specific meeting room area.
2. All hands meetings:
Speaking of meetings, at times, it can be challenging to hold an “all hands on deck” meeting, especially since most people these days tend to work from home or a remote location. VR can make meetings easier to assemble everyone in the same conference room. Employees can be all over the world to participate, throw a pair of VR goggles on and join in the discussion.
3. Attend specific conferences:
With a VR headset, employees who can’t attend distant tech conferences can envision themselves at the event right from the comfort of their own office chair. This would actually result in employees becoming more productive since attending a conference via VR would eliminate all aspects of traveling and the ability to jump right in or out of the virtual trade show.
4. Candidate interviews:
The grueling job interview process could become a bit more streamlined with the ability of VR interviews. Just imagine being able to interview people “face to face” from a virtual conference room. Larger companies could even set up remote offices, akin to teleconferencing, for candidates to sit in and use a VR headset. A major reason this could work would be that the interviewer benefits from seeing how candidates react to questions through their body language.
5. Involved training sessions:
Employee training sessions could be recorded easily enough so a new hire at your business or someone who needs to be trained extensively can get up to speed quicker. The use of VR in this instance would benefit the learner so they can interact with their specific training, being able to look at their surroundings and meet other people virtually so they can understand their work better once on the job.