Virtual reality as a tool for training and learning

The second decade of the 21st century is inherently driven by the spirit of digitization and optimization of work processes. A few years ago, an absolutely fundamental innovation appeared that meets even the strictest requirements of employers – virtual reality (VR).

Companies and their HR departments are trying to find ways and solutions in which it is worth investing resources in order to increase the effectiveness of training and development of employees. Nowadays, it is not easy to find and keep quality employees. Therefore, most companies work on the development of their existing employees and do everything to ensure that their people are satisfied at work and that their careers develop further. But what is often even more difficult is creating the right background for employee development and finding the best way to convey information so that they perceive their training and development as best as possible. A few years ago, an absolutely fundamental innovation appeared in this industry that meets even the strictest requirements of employers – virtual reality (VR). Technology that allows us to simulate any situation without any security or financial risks.

Thanks to VR technology, we are able to prepare employees for various situations. Be it crisis situations that cannot be simulated in any way until they actually happen, or preparing employees for any risky actions or consistently creating the right habits that can lead to a reduction of risks in severe traffic. The use of VR in employee training brings countless benefits that put this technology at the forefront of ways in which training can be conducted. Among the most fundamental are, for example, the complete autonomy of training, in other words, the employee can learn and develop anywhere and at any time, moreover, there is no need for the presence of another person, everything will be taught by a specialized VR application. Another advantage of using VR over conventional training methods is that it can ensure 100% attention of the user, who performs the actions in the training scenario quite naturally and subconsciously, thus remembering much more information. An indisputable advantage is that the VR application can monitor the user’s behavior in detail, his strengths and weaknesses, according to which the training lessons can be modified, repeated, etc. Nowadays, this technology is already so advanced that it can be easily purchased and operated without of greater complexity in the form of plug & play. In the Czech Republic, there is a professional company XR Institute dealing with this topic.