The emergence of virtual reality technology (VR) carries a lot of excitement for professionals, as it can offer some truly immersive experiences. However, many question its place in a business environment.
Technology doesn’t have to be burdensome. We have compiled a few ideas around how VR can be helpful in professional environments from employee development to creative designing.
The most immersive training out there
Harnessing VR technology for employee development can be an efficient way to reduce the amount of time and money wasted on training. Especially when it comes to visual learners who learn faster and more effectively from imagery.
The ability to use virtual reality to demonstrate a new process or procedure can be particularly useful for professionals who have pressuring jobs. Pilots have been using VR technology for years with flight simulators, as well as doctors who have begun to take advantage of this tool for training purposes to perform virtual surgeries.
For young professionals or students who have no previous experience, VR can transport anyone to a learning environment like no other and rapidly raise exposure to certain roles which wouldn’t be achievable without this platform. Considering that 70% of employees say that job-related training influences their intentions to stay with a company (Shift eLearning, 2017), VR enhanced training may be more profitable than you think.
VR enhanced designing
Virtual reality for business is not restricted to the boardroom. Creatives and designers are increasingly more open to incorporating innovative technology into their workflow alongside their traditional toolkits of cameras or sketching pencils. Architects and interior designers have used VR technology to generate immersive representations of design work with the ability to incorporate physics and life-like 3D modelling. Viewers have the opportunity to experience what it is like to live within a home, even before the foundations have been laid down.
While sketching has worked wonders for years, being able to make prototypes a living reality is great for clients, as well as for designers who can make amends on the fly. Virtual reality has come so far, check our blog post on the history of VR.
Bridge the social gap
Platforms such as Skype and FaceTime have been breakthroughs for bridging the gap between professionals on opposite sides of the world. Although, we are social creatures and sometimes we need a little more than a blurry video chat with muffled audio.
Travelling across the world for the sole purpose of a business meeting can be a little extreme, but sometimes conference calls just don’t seem to cut it. Virtual reality can create a happy medium, as professionals can be transported to a virtual conference meeting by putting on a VR headset. Being able to feel like you are sitting next to a client or colleague can be especially useful to feel more connected – as well as enhancing communication and cutting down costs.
On the other hand, when you do need to head out of the office but you can’t part with this amazing technology, make sure to keep your headset protected with a VR case.
Level up your pitches
When pitching to a prospective client, there is no reason you can’t take a back seat (for part of it) and let virtual reality do the work. First impressions count and using VR to present designs, reports and various data can not only keep the client engaged. It also creates a positive perception that you are organised and innovative when it comes to your work.To get more insight, check out our guide on how to utilise VR technology to engage clients in business meetings.