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How virtual reality is revolutionizing the modern workplace

August 22, 2018
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In this century, technology has completely transformed how people interact and live their lives. Now, the latest buzz, the virtual reality (VR) technology is simply taking it to a whole new level.

The three-dimensional simulation technology enables you to interact with your environment in a seemingly real way, allowing you to perform different actions and manipulate the objects around you.

The use of the VR technology is not limited to a specific area. The computer-generated simulation can be applied to various areas to improve the way things are done.

Machasparrow, who is from the U.S. and currently involved in creating a project to build an amazing mobile game using VR, says that “adopting the VR technology in every sphere could make our lives more interesting and fulfilling.”

In what ways is the virtual reality technology transforming the modern workplace?

Here are some examples of how this revolutionary technology is changing how we work.

Better Recruitment
Some HR departments have embraced the use of virtual reality in their recruitment processes.

They offer potential employees an opportunity to engage in seemingly real work scenarios and challenges and ask them to offer suitable solutions on how best they would tackle the problems at hand.

The simulated interviews are an awesome way for candidates to experience a moment in the typical work environment, which prepare them for future tasks in the workplace.

This way, the company is also able to choose the best candidates for the job.

Flexible Training
The use of VR in the workplace provides for flexible training schedules, allowing employees to attend training sessions when they are available and from wherever they are.

The experiences of virtual training provide a seemingly physical involvement offering employees the satisfaction of real training.

Improved Virtual Sharing and Work Collaboration
More and more companies are embracing the concept of working remotely.

The companies are sourcing qualified personnel from different parts of the world without requiring them to relocate to their physical location.

Remote workers are expected to embrace teamwork for the company’s success. With virtual reality collaboration and teamwork, the assignments can be completed efficiently.

If they require to meet and deliberate on issues related to the project, they can do video conferencing.

They can even exchange vital information via email and brainstorm or consult urgently through instant messaging.

However, virtual reality revolutionizes collaboration and virtual sharing by allowing the workers to be in the same room together and consult face to face.

This enables the team to accomplish company projects and tasks within the shortest time possible.

Efficiency in Operations
With more and more offices seeking ways they can avoid handling physical files and paper, the computer simulation technology provides employees with an efficient way of accessing or storing company information without unnecessarily printing documents.

Virtual reality allows a paperless workplace without the need for a device for access—as is the case with emails or document attachments.

With VR technology, the workers are able to access data and information with a simple swipe.

This improves efficiency as information is availed ‘as is’ and when required at the flick of a finger.

Creating and Testing Ideas
Virtual reality can be applied in the workplace to develop and test fresh ideas on how they will perform in the actual environment.

For instance, when designing a car, manufacturers can test the end product using virtual reality to have a general feel of the experience it will create when it gets to the actual market.

This has made it easier for companies to design and redesign their products to match their intended goals before releasing them to the end user.

Improved Customer Experience
The corporate world has benefited from virtual reality has it has enabled them to directly tap customer feedback about their products.

Customers can try out a company’s products before purchase and share their experience with the company for modification and final production.

This is especially beneficial for higher-priced products, which eliminate the chances of the company producing goods that will not be well received in the market by the customers.

Virtual technology has also transformed the way buyers and sellers transact business.

A company can engage a buyer who is in a completely different location and showcase the products from the onset of production to the end product.

This allows the buyer to understand the process before finally purchasing the product. This helps in boosting the customer’s confidence in the product, as they feel part of its production process.

At the same time, the worker’s morale is boosted when they satisfactorily meet the client’s needs.

Ideal Work Environment
The atmosphere in which company employees work largely determines their output and productivity.

Working in a relaxed environment motivates workers as opposed to a tense, uncomfortable one.

Virtual reality allows employees to set up a work environment of their choice.

An employee who works best in a quiet place can opt for a library setting while one who prefers a chilled out surrounding can settle for the beach where the sounds of the ocean are in the background.

Virtual reality also allows professionals to improve their focus when handling certain tasks and where privacy is required, they can get it.

This makes the workplace surrounding conducive for the employees.

Time Off
Another benefit of computer-generated simulation is the ability of workers to take breaks in between or after completing challenging tasks.

When employees get frustrated or they feel like they need to “re-set” their attention, virtual reality allows them to release the negative energy by retreating to an environment that will help them recharge.

However, it is important that the employees observe discipline while at the modern workplace because, if not checked, the use of this technology might eat into the company hours.

Time off should be taken only when necessary so that the company projects are completed as per the schedules.

Conclusion
Substandard tech simply does not cut it in the corporate world anymore. The current generation of workers is seeking to work for companies that have embraced innovative technologies like the virtual reality.

The employees appreciate that the use of such innovative technology increases their productivity at work as it boosts their creativity and gives them exemplary experiences at the workplace.

Despite the cost of the virtual reality devices, if you intend to attract and retain talent in today’s world, consider learning how virtual reality for the modern workplace works.

By Michael Garbade

Source: Business 2 Community

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