It seems like the coronavirus pandemic changed the world in many different ways - one of the most visible ones is the rapid rise of the remote working trend. It started as a necessity, but companies and employees around the globe quickly discovered many advantages of this solution. The real question nowadays is how can we improve working from home, and what role does the Virtual Reality hold in this process?
Implementation of VR remote work
During the several last months, remote work hinged mostly on various social apps such as Zoom, Hangouts or Microsoft Teams. However, it is clear that in the long run, these solutions don’t pass all the tests and are not a realistic representation of real person-to-person interactions. That is why Virtual Reality has a great chance of influencing this growing sector and accessing even more businesses. Thanks to Virtual Reality headsets we would be completely immersed in a situation - we wouldn’t be distracted by noises in our home, ringing phones, or new emails popping up in our inbox. We could focus on the tasks on our hands and working more efficiently.
Training with VR - remote work
As we all know, Virtual Reality is commonly used in more and more instances of work training. With the major health risks that can come with travel, or public gatherings in times of a pandemic, it is understandable that we want to reduce the instances when we are forced to go outside. That is one of the reasons Virtual Reality can be even more beneficial in the future. VR could replace employees’ training that currently takes place in-person. Instead, job training could be done remotely, saving costs of instructors’ employment and travel as well. But what is more important, it would be highly beneficial to trainees - VR creates immersive environment which perfectly simulates practical experience and allows students to better retain knowledge. It’s more engaging and helpful than traditional classroom lectures.
Virtual Reality and HR
VR remote work can also be used by HR departments to hire new employees. This technology is already utilised by various institutions, such as museums, to exhibit interiors of their buildings. It could be adapted as well to showcase office spaces to potential recruits or new workers and create a virtual tour for them, so they’re more likely to feel like a part of a team.Virtual Reality can also be utilized as a part of a practical job interview with potential candidates. By presenting them with a VR task instead of the traditional questionnaire, will allow you a better assessment of their creativeness, critical thinking and overall performance in a real-life situation.
Remote work is not possible in every industry and every company, but it is becoming a reality for a lot of businesses around the world. And with the implementation of VR, remote work can be even more beneficial for all the parties involved. All we need to do is to think outside of the box and be ready to explore new technology tools.