Virtual reality for onboarding: a new tool for day one

How to do onboarding quickly and effectively?

Virtual reality for onboarding: a new tool for day one

How much does it cost to hire and train a new employee in your company? According to the SHRM study, each replacement of an employee costs the company 6-9 monthly salaries, while the Oxford Economics study estimates an employee replacement at an average of £30,000 when hiring, training and temporary loss of productivity are taken into account.

Adaptation (onboarding) of employees is the process of introducing new team members to the company, its work processes, as well as internal norms, culture and principles. The onboarding process helps to reduce employee turnover and, consequently, to avoid the huge costs of replacing them. At the same time, only a third of companies have an official staff adaptation program.

Finding suitable candidates for a vacancy and choosing the best among the many responses is only half the battle. It is also important to keep the newcomer so that you do not have to resume the search. This is confirmed by simple statistics. According to iCIMS research, 26% of employees leave a new job if no one takes care of their adaptation and training. Another 44% admitted that although they did not quit in the very first months, they seriously considered leaving the company.

Why is employee onboarding so important?

At the moment, too few companies understand the invaluable role of welcoming, engaging and training new team members in hiring.

Employee onboarding is your first opportunity to prove that they made the right choice with your company. They have chosen to work with you, which means your reputation and their careers in your hands.

Effective employee adaptation helps:

• Increase their involvement in the company and its work processes

• Successfully navigate the structure and goals of the company and understand how they can contribute

• Grow and develop in the company.

It can hardly be expected that your new hires will be able to achieve any success in your company in the long run without effective onboarding. Virtual reality technology copes well with the task of comfortable adaptation of new employees. With its help, employees can more easily cope with the stress of meeting a new team and quickly reach the expected performance.

Here are 3 steps to onboarding with VR that will help your new team members get up to speed on your workflow in weeks or even days.

For best results, each stage of employee onboarding must be tailored to the unique needs of the company and the individual.

3 Steps to Onboarding New Employees with Virtual Reality

1. Impression

The first impression is very important, so during the search and selection of employees, it is necessary to give candidates the feeling that you are an excellent career opportunity for them. Since the competition for good candidates can be fierce, during the interview it is necessary not only to assess the professional suitability of the candidate, but also to “sell” the job offer profitably. This can be informatively done in virtual reality. A new employee can walk through the corridors of the company using a VR headset, where his mentor will tell him about the opportunities for professional development in your company, its culture and values. It is enough to create a VR app once that will tell employees about the possibilities, which greatly saves time in the long run.

2. Introduction

Introduction to the position is an important stage of adaptation, which usually takes from two to four weeks. This process also takes a lot of time for the mentor. Virtual reality allows you to introduce an employee to new responsibilities through a VR app. In this case, the information will be recorded exactly in the form in which the management needs. This eliminates the possibility of a human factor when different mentors can inform employees in different ways, which can lead to misunderstandings.

Introduction to the post is an important stage, which can tell not only about the main job responsibilities, but also about how to behave in emergency situations. For example, the Siemens concern uses VR to simulate work on gas and oil rigs. Beginners have the opportunity to figure out how everything works, what actions can lead to accident and what to do if they suddenly make a mistake.

3. Immersion

The most effective way of learning is learning by doing. To improve the onboarding process, use immersive learning methods.

Virtual Reality offers an amazing immersive learning experience. It can be effectively used to show new employees with dangerous or hard-to-reach environments, emergencies that are almost impossible to demonstrate using traditional training methods. With the help of virtual reality technology, you can avoid the first mistakes in the work of a new employee, which can lead to serious consequences. This is especially important if the employee will work with complex and expensive equipment. Using a VR headset, an employee can get to know their workplace and practice their main job responsibilities.

In addition, companies can immediately assess the success of a new employee and decide whether the candidate is suitable for the job position or not. Data on the effectiveness of VR in onboarding is already available. For example, the American restaurant chain Honeygrow has published its results of using VR. Already in the first month of using the new system, the share of employees who are fully certified in terms of customer service standards has grown from 50 to 77%. The use of virtual reality technology greatly simplifies the process of hiring and adapting new employees, and in the near future more and more companies will implement this technology.

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