How AR and VR Technologies Can Facilitate Onboarding and Other Tasks For Businesses

It is said that Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have the potential to transform employee onboarding for many different types of businesses.

How you ask?

Well, it is evident that these tools have a wide range of potential uses— from entertainment to healthcare applications— but how can they help enterprises efficiently train their onboarding employees? The answer is: it depends on the type of business you have.

For the most part, the advantages of AR and VR taking on a larger role in the workplace could mean less time taken away from managers and supervisors in order to do new employee training and essentially more work getting done in a timely manner.  All of this, while at the same time helping newcomers assimilate to your company procedures, systems, and culture.

“Companies such as Wal-Mart and UPS have rolled out initiatives in VR training, helping new employees master their jobs more quickly and with higher quality and safety," J.P. Gownder, a VP and principal analyst at Forrester told “Tech Republic.” "For example, at UPS, new drivers will use VR headsets to simulate city driving conditions during training. And industrial companies are now using AR to help workers identify and fix problems with equipment, in factories or out in the field.”

Tuong Nguyen, a principal research analyst at Gartner, believes enterprise AR adoption has seen more advancements than perhaps consumer AR. Nguyen told “Tech Republic,” that the main three uses right now for enterprise AR are task design and collaboration, itemization and video guidance.

Foodable reported on how these technologies have begun to be incorporated in the restaurant industry. Restaurants, like Honeygrow, have created entire training videos in virtual reality, for example.

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