Your employees’ induction process is generally a defining factor which makes or breaks an employees experience in a company. A successful employee onboarding process sets them up for a great experience with the company. On the other hand, if the process doesn’t go so well your employee may generally have a hard time adjusting and have a negative notion about the company which may even result in the employee resigning down the line.
An HR has the sole responsibility of coordinating multiple tasks like the paperwork, joining formalities, explaining the leave/attendance policies, compliances, etc. of the company to the employee and not just that but also has to make sure the employee feels welcomed enough by introducing him around to everyone. This generally is extremely time-consuming from an HR’s perspective.
With just a couple of new joinees every month it sometimes feels like the HR’s entire time is consumed in just finishing up with the induction tasks and not with the actual recruitment process that he/she should be focusing on and how many times did you have to take one employee of his job to help them train another? or you as a manager have to do that yourself?
Virtual Reality has already proven it’s multifaceted applications over all industries and domains barring personal usage of course. The transformative power of Virtual Reality is helping companies tap a variety of niches in human resources management. There are basically so many different aspects of human resources that can be energized and improvised on with smart uses of virtual reality such as the employee onboarding process!
But how you may ask? Let’s look at some of these examples to get a better understanding of this technology emerging in the HR domain:
- Immersive training V/S Dated Powerpoint presentations and documentation
After an employee joins a new organization there are a ton of things for him to adjust to, to get up to speed, the company policies presentation or documents being circulated for compliances is certainly not an attention grabber by any means and seems somewhat dull and in captivating.
KFC released The Hard Way a Virtual Reality game(powered by Oculus Rift VR) meant to be an onboarding and training program for new cooks. As you plug-in and play, you are guided through the game with the voice of Colonel Sanders on how to fry chicken, what an exciting way to begin at a workplace!
- Increased Retention Rates!
Studies ( Covalent reality, August 29,2016) have proven that the immersive training of Virtual Reality has significantly increased retention rates of employees in organizations across all domains by a whopping 35% more and you know what they say a happy employee is a productive employee.
- Facilitate significantly better customer service
There are certain aspects to a job environment that can only be handled after experiencing it, well that doesn’t hold true anymore. For instance, Walmart is using Virtual Reality training for new joinees to understand how to handle the crazy rush of customers during ‘the holiday season’ or during ‘sales season’ or even mundane day-to-day activities. Just so that it can get them up to speed at the earliest.
With the training of already simulated events, something as hard as being a sales manager on a black Friday at Walmart is now a piece of cake due to Virtual Reality training.
- High-Risk Environment /Hazard Simulations
For jobs that are high stress and hazardous introducing employees to the environment through Virtual Reality is a smart way to go about it. Though these immersive simulations you can expose your employees to high-risk environments like firefighters, pilots, army men, surgeons deal with, without actually having any repercussions if things go wrong in a no-risk consequence-free environment.
These simulations definitely help boost the employees’ confidence when these employees are faced with a real-world encounter of the same scenario.
Soldiers in the army are now being trained using Virtual Reality training from combat training to scaling through the rocky terrain of Afghanistan without the actual danger of physically being present there. Satellite imagery, street view data, and other information that is readily available about the globe, rapidly generate these Synthetic Training Environments.
- Assimilation for remotely working teams
It’s generally trickier than expected to get a new hire to work as a part of a remote team. Most employees end up leaving in the first 3-4 months due to a dysfunctional on-boarding process. Often those Skype calls or team building sessions just don’t do enough. Virtual Reality can be extremely helpful here with the immersive face-to-face interaction of these dispersed employees.
- Virtual Tour: Travel the world from the office
For larger organizations and MNCs can roll out Virtual Reality tours as a standard company protocol, where employees can go ahead and take a virtual tour of the various chains/outlets present all across the globe without the actual cost of flying-in the employee there.
- It’s more cost effective than you think!
With the ever-emerging Virtual Reality technology, it actually adds substantial value and doesn’t even cost as much as let’s say 5-7 years ago. With multiple ranges of headsets, the user has a wider price range to choose from without creating any budget constraints. New 360-degree cameras offer crisper, higher-resolution media without costing significantly more.
The indelible impression created on the minds of your employees through the completely immersive experience is the perfect option for training your employees and massively increasing their efficiency as well.
Switch to Virtual Reality cause the future is here!