Why The Future of the American Workforce Will Be Molded By Virtual Reality

The practice of using Virtual Reality (VR) technology in educational settings is increasing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 82 percent. This innovation in learning is not a surprise considering the benefits of the technology. Through VR, students gain immersive learning experiences, like those medical students need to learn to perform tasks like surgery. The success of VR learning in classrooms is leading many companies to implement the technology for training purposes.

How VR Can Be Used for Training

Learning is not confined to traditional classrooms. In most job settings, employees must learn skills, rules, procedures, and more to succeed. That is why companies offer training to their staff members.

Typical training programs used to consist of slideshows, supervision, and manuals. Through VR, employees can learn through a digital presentation, interacting with it to practice the skills and procedures taught. VR can include simulations and activities as well as written, visual, and auditory cues. Many of these components can replace traditional training practices.

Why VR Helps with Cost-Effectiveness

The advantages of using VR as a training tool are numerous. One of the main reasons companies implement the technology is simply the cost-effectiveness. VR training can:

  • Reduce the amount of time spent in training
  • Cut the cost of training supervisors and shifts that include shadowing
  • Eliminate the need for extensive training equipment, sets, or spaces set aside for demonstrations/simulations

United Rentals, for example, reports a 40 percent time savings using VR for training.

Safety Enhancement Through VR Training

In many industries, an important part of training is giving employees experience handling stressful, dangerous, or potential emergency situations. Simulating these types of situations can be costly and can also be dangerous.

Aviation training, for instance, can be risky. There is quite a difference between using controls while watching a computer screen and handling those same control thousands of feet in the air. That is why the aviation industry was quick to adopt VR for training, allowing new pilots to immerse themselves in the experience and practice flying as if in the air (without actually being up in the air and at risk.)

Other industries are now using VR to safely address potential issues. Walmart, for example, is using VR training to prepare employees for the potential hazards of Black Friday. A sheriff’s department in Arizona uses VR to give staff experience in a variety of threatening situations.

VR Creates Training Experiences, Not Just Lessons

Another advantage of VR training is how immersive the technology is. Traditional training includes many lessons, but it does not tend to offer real practice or experience. VR transforms theory into reality. Since VR is immersive, it accelerates the learning process.

Farmers Insurance used VR to turn claims adjusting training into real practice. Previously, it built sets to help employees gain experience. Now, using VR, employees can engage with more scenarios and work through situations as if they were actually there.

Learning from VR Training Can Improve Business Practices

Since VR training simulates real scenarios, many businesses are also using them to test run initiatives. For example, companies can virtually create scenarios and have employees practice new procedures to see how effective the new policies are.

With so many possibilities available through VR training and simulations, companies should expect VR to continue to increase in popularity as well as in types of uses.

For the latest news, videos, and podcasts in the Pro AV Industry, be sure to subscribe to our industry publication. A new episode of the Pro AV Show drops every Thursday.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Twitter – @ProAVMKSL
Facebook – facebook.com/marketscale
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/marketscale

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!



AI in content marketing
Generative AI in Content Marketing: Why Creativity & Authenticity Will Make it Work
July 11, 2024

Will 2024 be known as the year AI made waves in content marketing? It sure seems so, with recent AI-driven ads from Toys R Us and Under Armour generating significant buzz online. Not just this: Despite having no official ties to the brand, a mock Volvo ad created entirely by AI has also gone…

Read More
Hiring Made Human: Hiring When You’re a Start-Up
July 11, 2024

The challenges of hiring for a startup have become more pronounced these days than ever. With technological advancements and evolving market demands, startups must be agile and strategic in their hiring practices to ensure success. According to some studies, nearly 90 percent of startups fail, with a significant factor being the inability to attract…

Read More
Focus on the Customer
Fifth Inning – Focus on the Customer
July 11, 2024

In a compelling narrative by Jesse Cole, the Savannah Bananas, a baseball team known for its unconventional approach, has declared advertising dead. Cole emphatically asserts that while advertising may attract customers, it is the fan experience that fosters lasting loyalty. In a bold move, the Savannah Bananas have eliminated all forms of advertising at…

Read More
Dr. Mark Manera talks Trucking Industry
The Trucking Industry Needs a Fitness Overhaul to Jumpstart a Trucking Health Revolution
July 11, 2024

With the trucking industry seeing many changes that prioritize efficiency and productivity, the health of truck drivers has increasingly peaked as a critical concern. With life expectancies for truck drivers averaging 16 years less than the general population, there is an urgent need to address health issues within the industry. Recent initiatives, like the…

Read More