Virtual reality (VR) headsets were originally envisioned and have primarily been used for gaming & simulation, but many think they will be expanding and become more diverse – one of those opportunities is using this technology in the business arena. One of the most effective uses of VR to date in the business world is the virtual desktop app for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Put on a headset, and the Windows desktop appears before you, floating in space. The VR wrapper supports web browsers, video streaming, and even software like Microsoft Office.
Virtual reality systems are starting to be implemented in businesses for the purposes of training. A VR or AR (Augmented Reality) headset can be given to an incoming employee in order for them to gain knowledge and insight about the business, the office, other employees and perhaps even the company culture. Information such as who sits where, what their role is and how you can connect with them can be attained. For example, you might have a quick video for each employee that explains the aspects listed above to them. This can help the employee get acclimated and become comfortable quicker, cutting down time and costs that are always associated with incoming employees.
In the virtual world, a single instructor could teach a one class consisting of new employees spread all over the world. Team building exercises, as well as training exercises in the virtual world could be the new norm in the near future – for employees learning complex tasks using machinery, a virtual environment provides valuable practical experience.
Today’s businesses can be dispersed all over the world, and make it difficult connecting team members. Yes, you have phone and skype calls, but a new and exciting way of meeting and collaborating could be in the virtual world. These virtual meetings have shown to be more engaging than a video conference.