How Virtual Reality Technology is Impacting Human Resources
As technology evolves, modern workplaces need to follow suit – and that includes human resource departments. The digital revolution has already seen traditional application forms and printed resumes replaced with online assessment centers and emailed CVs – so what could the advances in virtual reality mean for HR?
The virtual and augmented reality industry has a predicted revenue of $120 billion by 2020, according to analysis by Digi Capital, with its use going far beyond video games and recreational use in that time.
Therefore, it’s wise to consider what virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can do for your company, from the recruitment stage right through to training and even staff reviews. Here are a few areas where they can help businesses to achieve their HR goals in new and innovative ways.
The growth in social media and smartphone usage means that companies now need to target a mobile audience to reach the best talent – graduates and millennials rely on their cells or mobiles to stay connected with the world, both personally and professionally.
Innovative digital platforms that use augmented reality to offer content such as 360-degree office tours, the ability to upload CVs and applications direct to recruiters, or video messages providing information on vacancies and job roles will help to engage candidates. Employers can also benefit, accessing candidate information and applications with the touch of a button, instead of sifting through paperwork.
VR technology can help to introduce new employees to a company, the work environment and even senior management – all before they’ve set foot in the building. VR tours of the workplace, complete with pre-recorded messages from bosses and other senior figures can help staff to familiarize themselves ahead of their first day in the office, helping to bust some of those new job nerves.
Important information, such as fire drill procedures and workplace health and safety, can also be relayed through virtual reality videos that walk the new hire through company procedures – saving the resource allocated to these induction sessions at the same time.
VR is not only useful for the recruitment and induction process but also for developing an existing workforce too. Virtual training sessions can allow for experts based at other sites within the company to deliver information to multiple candidates across several sites simultaneously; alternatively, pre-recorded training on key areas of the business can be accessed at leisure without interrupting the flow of the work day for other staff.
This use of technology also allows for training to be personalized around employee needs, instead of delivering sessions to entire departments with varying skill levels. Staff can take as much (or as little!) time as they need to absorb important knowledge and practices.
Companies with a large workforce, or firms with several sites, can also use VR to engage with staff one on one, wherever they are. Video conferencing or VR technology that can facilitate meetings online can be useful for conducting professional reviews without the expense of travel for either party. Introducing online review systems that allow both employees and managers to fill out HR forms and personal development plans wherever they are can also make the review process more efficient and accessible.
The main benefit of VR and AR technology for modern HR practices is connectivity. No matter how large a workforce is or how spread out a company’s offices are, advances in technology make it easier for employees across the business to communicate ideas and key information.
Secure online chat rooms and video conferencing allow for meetings to be attended from anywhere, using desktop computers, laptops or even smartphones. HR information can be uploaded to an accessible employee hub, allowing for easy access whenever it is needed.
Virtual reality can help companies to welcome new employees with a personal touch, develop staff with flexible, readily available training sessions and can integrate different departments with ease. VR isn’t just a playground for video game developers – it offers innovation in HR for companies keen to embrace the digital future.