How Virtual Reality Can Help Businesses Emerge Stronger From the Covid-19 Crisis

Over the past few months, our organizations have to reinvent themselves. Confinement and social precaution have brought instant changes to the way we work and interact

While the need for technologies which facilitate remote working has clearly increased, training needs have also urgently emerged. But this dynamic is about more than remote working, it’s about finding new remote ways to reskill and upskill a workforce. 

VR Training is the most efficient way for an organization to adapt quickly and react at the required speed and scale without any physical constraint and risk. Virtual Reality immerses workers in new situations, and speeds their acquisition of new skills (soft skills/hard skills) to face the post-pandemic era. 

Does it work? Three examples of real life Uptale Immersive Learning applications

The pandemic era has made us rethink the way we teach & learn, accelerating the shift to fully digital approaches in order to re-create the best of in-person learning. Using Uptale Immersive Learning Platform, large organizations such as Schneider Electric digitized their response to Covid-19 in the form of Virtual Reality Training experiences. In a matter of days dozen of companies deployed their 360° video trainings based to thousands of workers. 

1. Scaling new protective rules in factories

To serve many of their employees (+135.000 in over 100 countries) Schneider Electric created an interactive and immersive training with Uptale in order to help re-start plants in the post-pandemic era. In this VR experience, learners are immersed in one of Schneider Electric’s retrofitted factories and they learn to interact in this updated, safer environment.

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2. Reskilling Salesforce: Improving sales techniques with mask wearing 

 A Big Retail company in APAC is currently working on a VR training experience with Uptale. The module’s aim is to reskill Salesforce employee on how to build client relationships while wearing a mask.

Retail Virtual Reality Covid mask

3. Teleporting to restricted locations to keep business continuity

Another benefit of VR is to bring the reality of the Field into the home. Organizations in supply chain, manufacturing, energy, waste management and other industries have seen their white-collar population stuck far away from factories, unable to analyze situations and take crucial decisions.

VR Teleportation enables new ways to communicate and introduce “Digital twins” into the workforce.

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Indeed, Gartner predicts that half of large industrial companies will use digital twins by 2021, gaining a 10% improvement in effectiveness.

Immersive Learning offer wide possibilities: re-starting plants after COVID-19, improving sales techniques with mask wearing, carrying out hands-on chemistry lab work at distance for students, digitizing in 360 to reduce the need to travel, lauching safety awareness campaigns before returning to work… replacing face to face training with remote VR training.

Remote learning is more important than ever

According to a Gallup poll, “organizations typically spend 11% of their budgets on training”. During a crisis, these employers tend to scale back their development efforts and neglect employee’s training and development. This is a mistake.

Organizations must be fully prepared to face all and any future disruptions and challenges. Workers across industries need more effective ways to learn and adapt. Employers need to grow their workers digital agility in order to be more resilient and flexible, and this starts with digital transformation. 

Build a large scale workforce transformation strategy with Virtual Reality

Above all, digital formats enable workers to learn and train in parallel, from anywhere in the world, without physical bottlenecks and logisticsAmong them, technologies such as Virtual Reality bring intelligence to the real physical world by augmenting it or digitizing it in highest fidelity. These are great tools to empower humans to share knowledge, skills, behaviors needed to respond to global issues. 

New technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality overall reply to a bigger problem. We live in a very fast changing world: people need to adapt to fast change, continuously, and get ready for all the future disruptions. May they be disease, technology, climate, war… 

Listen to the podcast “The problem-solving power of VR and ARwith our CEO David Ristagno and Jeremy Dalton, Head of VR/AR at PwC UK. They discuss the important role these technologies have to play in helping businesses and wider society navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

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