Benefits of Using VR Given Today’s More “Permanent” Remote Workforce
As the pandemic continues to limit in-person interactions, and businesses begin transitioning a portion, if not all, of their workforce to a remote environment, leaders are seeking solutions for replicating in-office, physical experiences. Of the tools available in a company’s arsenal is virtual reality (VR) technology. From connecting with clients in new ways to improving productivity to enhancing training opportunities, VR offers a myriad of benefits that’ll set companies up for long-term success.
- A Stronger Company Culture
Whether your workforce is fully remote or you’ve adopted a hybrid model, maintaining a strong company culture with distributed workers is a hurdle many leaders are struggling to overcome. Through the immerse experience of utilizing VR technology, team members can forge authentic connections, collaborate and interact in a more realistic manner that’s hard to achieve on a video conference call. VR offers a sense of “presence” and human connection that’s often lost in the remote working environment. Leveraging the technology can help improve brand reputation, employee retention, and lower costs associated with travel.
- Better Communication Practices
Transparency and streamlined communication are pivotal in driving strong collaborative practices among team members, departments, and even employee-client relationships. Remote working environments aren’t naturally conducive to great communication, as staff must wait for email or message responses. With VR technology, however, staff can work alongside one another in the same virtual space. What’s more, virtual tools and visuals can be leveraged to illustrate certain topics and add context to discussions, leading to better understanding, knowledge retention, and business outcomes.
- A Distraction-Free Workspace
While video conferencing is an effective way to connect in a remote setting, employees can easily become distracted, answering emails and tackling other projects while on the call. In a VR meeting, on the other hand, employees are immersed in their surroundings and fully focused on the topic of conversation. The result is higher productivity and fewer errors due to distractions.
- Enhanced Training Opportunities
Before the pandemic hit, nearly 49% of business leaders surveyed revealed they were looking to utilize virtual reality for their training initiatives, according to Business Insider. Because of the quick and unexpected shift to remote work, the need and interest in adopting the technology has grown exponentially.
With traditional in-person, classroom-based training, business leaders must grapple with a number of factors, like costs, logistics, travel, and time commitments. Creating immersive training experiences via VR, however, eliminates geographical restraints and the cost of trainers and materials while providing workers with the opportunity to experience real-life scenarios in a safe and effective manner.
VR technology plays a key role in empowering today’s remote workforce. From training and onboarding to team building, VR has a wide range of business applications that can streamline operations, decrease costs and improve both the employee and customer experience. To learn more about how Concannon can help your company utilize VR technology in a strategic and effective way, contact us today.