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How can VR (virtual reality) transform onboarding?

VR and AR are quickly breaking out of the consumer and gaming space and entering the enterprise. Over the past year, companies like SAP, KFC, Wal-Mart, and UPS have been playing with virtual reality, finding creative ways to enhance onboarding experience and improve collaboration. VR provides new employees as close an approximation to their new work as they can have without actually needing to be physically present. Think of meeting at your company’s headquarters in Paris, overlooking the breathtaking views of Eiffel Tower, playing a game of mini-golf while brainstorming. Hard to imagine? VR makes this a reality. Candidates can now visualize their career with the company in a 360-degree, 3D experience.

Here are 3 ways VR can help transform your onboarding program:

  1. Gamification: VR takes gamification beyond points and badges to offer stunning multi-sensory experiences. While gamification is one of the most effective onboarding techniques, VR takes it up a notch with interactive gamification. Not only can you use VR enabled gamification to better showcase your organization, but you can also transform the tedious, long-drawn-out onboarding process to create highly engaging, personalized experiences. Imagine, if you could convert your hour-long PowerPoint presentation on company policies into a celebrity quiz show. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
  2. Functional training: Jobs that are particularly dangerous, high-stress or require using expensive machinery/tools, can benefit from virtual training modules. For instance, medical professionals can use VR to simulate specific situations to train new interns or surgeons. VR implementation isn’t just limited to these industries, it can help you onboard and train your sales team, your field service team and the like.

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