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Prognosis 2020: Why virtual reality will turn the workplace of the future upside down

Virtual Reality (VR) not only changes the way we deal with digital content, but also how we interact with each other. The integration of this technology into the workplace promises faster learning, easier collaboration and new ways of expressing ideas. The Munich-based company VRdirect demonstrates the possibilities VR offers in designing the future workplace.

Virtual reality at the workplace opens up a wide range of new possibilities. VRdirect shows you promising solutions for the office workplace of tomorrow:

Recruiting with VR

As prospective employees research the company trying to recruit them, they likely see pictures of the workplace and read reviews about it online. It’s difficult to grasp what working there would actually be like, sometimes even after an interview. With a VR tour of the office, however, a company can deliver an immersive branded experience to potential employees at a place and time that is most convenient to them.

In a VR recruitment experience, the user might get to explore the workplace, hear testimonials from current employees, or witness some of the tasks they’d accomplish on a daily basis. Interactivity could be added to the experience to give the candidate a real sense of what’s required of them throughout each task.

While a prospective employee experiences a company first-hand in VR, that company does more than just build trust and stand out; they also save time and money. In the case of remote workers and candidates who would need to be flown in for a tour, a VR tour is a fitting and economical solution.

Onboarding and Training within the VR Platform

When a new employee joins the team, there’s usually a lot of knowledge that needs to be relayed to them during the onboarding process. Time and resources are spent to convey a breadth of information that might not be entirely retained. A solution to this problem is offering new employees “manuals” in VR. This way, everything they need to know is presented in a cohesive, engaging package. Additionally, they can revisit this content days, weeks, and months after they start in case they need to refresh their memory. When using a platform to create and publish such onboarding VR manuals, those can easily and constantly be modified and extended.

VR is also a powerful tool for training employees. A recent study of VR surgery training conducted by Johnson & Johnson showed that 83% of surgeons trained in VR were willing to perform the procedure in a laboratory with minimal instruction. And those who trained with traditional methods? None had the experience to perform the procedure. By playing the training process, VR training experiences become more memorable. The practical learning flows are easy to implement even in the largest companies.

Virtual Meetings and Presentations

Since 2016, Microsoft Research has been developing a 3D capture system that allows users to virtually stand in the same room as the person they are video calling with. The system, dubbed “Holoportation” after their Hololens AR headset, captures and renders both users in real-time, allowing their models to be displayed in both AR and VR environments. It sounds like science fiction, but it won’t be long until this technology is integrated into business meetings to give users the impression of being truly face-to-face. It’s likely that, in the future, teams of remote workers will meet and collaborate in a completely digital workplace. In the case of meeting in a VR environment, the surroundings could be changed to reflect the ideas being presented in the meeting.

While VR meetings may not be prevalent for a few more years, VR is already changing the way that ideas and data can be presented in workplace presentations. By literally adding a new dimension to presentations, as well as interactivity, VR increases engagement and gives tactility to concepts that are more abstract and difficult to express. Additionally, it makes the presentation more personal by making the viewer feel that they are a part of it. Best of all, creating a VR presentation can be just as easy as creating a Powerpoint given the user-friendly, drag-and-drop experience builders that exist today.

Learn how VR can advance your business

For VR there are many exciting developments ahead and already now there are a lot of possibilities to integrate this technology into the workplace. For further information please contact VRdirect.

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