Companies increasingly are using virtual reality technology for workplace training. Jenson8, a training platform provider, has developed Apollo, a team-building exercise that allows participants to collaborate with co-workers on a trip to Mars.
"When people are in this immersive experience, it takes away many preconceived notions that they carry with them when they're in the workplace," says Bryan Barnes, head of research and development at Jenson8. "It allows them to show up as themselves rather than trying to play that work character."
Mike Wynn, an executive at Bank of America, says that VR-based training is attractive to younger employees, adding that people now absorb and digest information differently.
A PricewaterhouseCoopers study found that staff learn four times faster via VR than a classroom and are 1.5 times more focused in a VR environment. Further, VR training can be less expensive and safer than training in high-risk environments, and computers are better able than humans to provide honest feedback.
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