Among the most valuable resources of any organization, employees top the list since they are entrusted with all other factors of production. Human Resource Management (HRM), therefore, has been and will always be one of the most crucial functions of any business. With the increasing challenges presented by the modern world, HRM also requires new and innovative methods to ensure effective recruitment of required talent, high productivity and low turnover. Virtual reality is one of the many modern technologies aiding managers in successfully accomplishing these tasks. What follows is a list of the different aspects of HRM and how VR makes them easier.
VR is playing a huge role in the current evolving talent recruitment process. While traditional factors like job description and salary have always been important, employees in the modern job market are also seeking an innovative and comfortable office environment along with an ideal location. In line with this revelation by a LinkedIn survey, companies are focusing on attracting talent on the basis of these elements. VR can be used to take potential candidates on a virtual tour of the office workspace where they can not just roam around but also interact with the desks and cafeterias. The use of VR also makes potential employees perceive the company as innovative. This forward-thinking approach is a huge factor affecting applicants’ decisions in today’s world.
For professions like fire fighting and military, VR can remotely demonstrate the difficulty of activities, e.g. during combat. This realistic depiction of the exact conditions helps potential candidates decide if they are willing to take on the required challenges in the future. At the same time, recruiters can monitor who performs better and shortlist on that basis. Thus, only serious applications are processed further, reducing the time and effort wasted on both ends.
Moreover, VR allows candidates who reach the interview stage, to demonstrate their practical competencies that can further ensure that they possess the basic skills required for the job.
Once the right candidate has been selected for the job, the onboarding process begins. Virtual tours would help here too, however, they can be more detailed than the ones shown during the recruitment phase. These virtual tours of the office or factory can help employees familiarize themselves with the working environment. On the one hand, 360 VR videos allow this process to be held at the pace of the employees. On the other hand, multi user VR collaboration can allow the seniors and colleagues of the employees to remotely meet them, before they have even joined. Thus, existing employees can be in different locations at different times and still welcome new employees.
Similar to the recruitment phase, the activities required from the job can be shown in detail to the new employee thus, setting clear expectations from the start.
Training is one of the most important aspects of HRM to ensure high productivity and motivation levels among employees. This is also where VR can play the biggest impact. 97% of learning and development professionals see VR as a way to enhance training. Numerous companies in various industries have already been using VR for interactively training their employees in real-time.
VR gives birth to a Cyber Classroom method of teaching and learning. Hereby, 360 virtual reality uses audiovisual simulation to create immersive content that makes users feel completely integrated into the scene. Moreover, the real-time interactive handling allows users to actively explore the controlled learning environment instead of just passive viewing. The best part of VR training, however, is the multi-user experience which allows trainees to learn together, especially in situations that require training in groups. The virtual aspect leads to effective learning while saving travel costs and precious time simultaneously.
Training can be conducted for processes that can not be followed in reality, for instance, when certain procedures are too quick to be registered by the naked eye or if they are completely invisible, e.g. airstreams or magnetic fields. Another example is that of stress-related real-life circumstances that require quick decision making, like training field medics, who have to operate under pressure but with extreme precision during military combat. Other sensitive issues like sexual harassment can also be addressed. Most employees are unsure how to judge inappropriate conduct on the part of a colleague or how to respond in such circumstances. VR training shows actions that could qualify as sexual harassment and methods to deal with them accordingly. This fulfills the purpose of effective training for a difficult real-life situation in a safe and controlled environment.
Soft skills are now a necessary element of employee development as 80% of the employees surveyed by LinkedIn say that soft skills are increasingly important to company success. For example, dismissing employees means navigating difficult conversations, knowing how to convey the exact reasons to employees, and dealing with their emotions and reactions. Talespin develops virtual characters who act as the employee to be fired. Depending on the conversation held with them, they react differently thus training managers for such skills too.
To summarize, Human Resource Management is an attractive application area for VR and numerous enterprises have already been transforming this crucial business function by turning VR to their advantage. To explore the abundant virtues of VR in your HRM strategies, register now for a free trial of STAGE :)