Virtual Reality (VR) has always been a popular topic amongst the technology community, but it's only recently that this technology has made its way into the mainstream. As more and more people start to experience what VR can do, new opportunities have opened up in a wide range of industries.
In recent years, virtual reality has begun to creep into our work lives as well. Whether it’s a new training program or a virtual reality tour of a company’s manufacturing facility, virtual reality is helping to make work more inclusive, less intimidating, and more enjoyable.
How is Virtual Reality Used in the Workplace?
Consider this scenario: You’re a manager of a trucking company and how do you "safely" prepare drivers to deal with dangerous or extraordinary situations. That's where VR comes in. It creates a virtual environment, where a driver can be trained for a potential incident.
Virtual reality has been used to train workers in many fields, including construction, medical, and even the automotive industry. And as we continue to see the value of virtual reality in the workplace, more and more companies are looking to use it to train their employees.
In addition to training, virtual reality is also used for efficient product development. As a result of virtual reality, many of the early prototypes of products can be created, tested and evaluated without spending the resources that would be required for actual testing.
In the case of large products, virtual reality can be used to test different designs of a product before investing the time and money required to build the product. For example, the aerospace company Boeing is moving into a virtual workspace to enhance both quality and safety.
How Does VR Help to Make Work Experiences More Inclusive?
The workplace is changing faster than most people realize. As businesses embrace the new trends, they're also looking for ways to incorporate that tech into the workplace.
With the increase in remote working, effective collaboration is becoming more important than. Enter, Virtual Reality. No matter where you are in the world, VR can help you feel like you are in the same room as your colleagues. This can be a powerful tool in the creation of a positive, inclusive work environment.
As important as being able to collaborate and contribute to the work of the company is learning from others. Only if you are able to learn from your colleagues, can you grow and become more effective in your job. Virtual reality helps with this as it is a great tool for training and education.
Virtual reality also helps people with physical disabilities to feel like they are a part of the work team. By providing a realistic experience, VR can help people with physical disabilities to participate in the workplace, without having to face the limitations of their disability. This is a great way to promote inclusivity and help people with disabilities feel like they are part of the team.
By providing an immersive environment for collaboration and learning, virtual reality is making work experiences more accessible and inclusive. Obviously, VR isn’t a magic bullet for creating an inclusive workplace, but it can be a part of the solution.