Remote working is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, executives, entrepreneurs, and business academics expect more than half of us to be working remotely by 2020, according to research conducted by the London Business School.
In response to this, many businesses are looking for ways in which they can ensure their staff remain engaged with their colleagues and company culture. New methods of collaborating and partake in training are also required, and virtual reality (VR) is a tool that more and more companies are turning to.
Here, we’re going to outline three ways that VR is benefitting remote workers. So, if you have staff who work outside of the traditional office set-up, or you’re thinking about making your working policy more flexible, you can get an idea of whether this relatively new technology can help your operations to run more smoothly. Read on to learn more.
Workers can take part in training from anywhere in the world
Depending on what kind of industry you work in, you might have to provide your staff with training on a regular basis. This can be difficult if you have remote workers, and even more so if your staff are dotted all over the world. That’s is where VR training comes in.
A lot of businesses are already using virtual reality in their training, because it can be incredibly effective. It’s particularly popular in fields that require physically demanding and potentially dangerous tasks to be completed, because VR allows you to provide hands-on training in a safe and controlled environment.
This means staff can have a go at dangerous jobs, like responding to gas leaks, fires, equipment malfunctions, and more, without the risk of getting injured if they put a foot wrong. Plus, VR allows you to present ideas in a new and exciting way, which has been found to make the whole process far more engaging, and can even improve the retention of information, according to Luminous Group.
When it comes to remote working, the best thing about VR training is that, once you’ve designed your training programme, it can be sent to anyone, anywhere in the world. Plus, if you have a large, widespread workforce, creating a VR training programme can be more affordable than paying for travel and accommodation to get everyone in one place for a more traditional training session.
It makes it easier for remote workers to collaborate
If you have staff in different locations who are working together on a project, VR can help to make the collaboration process go a lot more smoothly. There are a number of ways in which you can use virtual reality in this way. For example, you can set up a virtual reality conference room where your staff can meet and exchange ideas. Compared to more traditional conference calls, this tends to be a lot more engaging, and is typically more effective than communicating via email.
Additionally, if there’s a large project being worked on — perhaps you’re in the construction or engineering sector — it can sometimes be difficult to show remote workers how everything is progressing. But, if you can share building plans and work using VR, this will help to ensure everyone is always on the same page.
Plans can be checked remotely
VR can be used to create the likes of blueprints and surveys, which can then be sent to your workers, wherever they might be in the world. This means you can ensure all of the best and most relevant people are always involved in the creation and analysis of any plans you might have, even if they’re unable to come into the office. This means potential problems are more likely to be spotted at an earlier stage, tweaks can be made before any production or building work begins, and you’ll be able to save time and money as a result.
VR is great for bringing plans to life and getting feedback on them, even if your most qualified staff are scattered far and wide.
VR is an ever-developing tool that can make remote working much easier. As well as helping to ensure your staff are all given the training they need, it can make collaborating simpler, and even change the way you share plans with team members. If you already have people working remotely, or it’s something you’re considering, VR technology could help everything to run much more smoothly.