The Future of work is at the forefront of HR round tables as the world of work is undergoing a rapid transformation, necessitated by the increasing need for remote work, virtual collaboration, and the development of soft skills. In this context, it has become more
important than ever for organizations to find effective ways to assess the skills of their employees and potential hires.
The Role of HR Tech in The Future of Work
Fortunately, advancements in technology have made this task easier than ever before. HR Tech, particularly Virtual Reality (VR), has been integrated into human resources practices, facilitating the future of work and revolutionizing onboarding processes. This integration of VR into HR practices is part of the larger trend of HR Tech, which involves the use of technology to streamline HR processes and improve HR outcomes. This includes the use of artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, and other tools to enhance recruitment, employee engagement, and performance management.
Revolutionizing Recruitment with VR
Virtual reality is increasingly being used in the recruitment process as it allows employers to assess soft skills in a more immersive and effective way. Soft skills are non-technical skills that are essential for success in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and adaptability. These skills have become even more critical in the future of work as remote work and virtual collaboration have become more common.
By immersing candidates in simulated environments, employers can gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of their skills and abilities, leading to better hiring decisions. According to a recent survey conducted by PwC, 61% of HR professionals believe VR will be widely used in their organizations in the next 3-5 years. Additionally, a study by Deloitte found that VR simulations can help to reduce employee turnover by up to 30%, as employees who have been through such assessments are more likely to feel a sense of connection with the company and understand its values.
Case Studies: Successful Integration of VR in HR Practices
Several companies have successfully integrated VR into their HR practices, leading to improved recruitment outcomes. For example, Lloyds Banking Group has created a VR simulation called “Streets Ahead,” which allows candidates to experience what it’s like to work in a Lloyds Bank branch. The simulation includes a range of scenarios, from customer interactions to dealing with difficult situations, giving candidates a realistic preview of the role and helping to identify those who are best suited for the job.
KFC is another company that has effectively utilized VR. The fast-food chain created a VR simulation called “The Hard Way,” which allows employees to learn how to cook KFC’s signature fried chicken in a virtual kitchen. This simulation has been praised for its effectiveness in teaching employees how to cook the chicken perfectly every time, leading to a higher level of consistency across all KFC locations.
Revolutionizing Onboarding with VR
VR can also be used to improve the employee experience, particularly during the onboarding process. Walmart has created a VR training program that allows employees to experience the holiday rush in a virtual environment, helping them to prepare for the busy season and feel more confident in their roles.
In conclusion, Virtual Reality is a powerful tool that can help companies assess soft skills in a more immersive and effective way. With the integration of HR Tech, particularly VR, companies can improve the recruitment and onboarding processes, enhance the overall employee experience, and streamline HR outcomes. As we move towards a future of work that is increasingly virtual and remote, it is crucial for organizations to stay at the forefront of HR Tech and leverage the power of VR to stay competitive and successful.
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