Traditional training methods may soon become obsolete due to the emergence of virtual reality based training. Here are three reasons why virtual reality will replace traditional methods of training and become the future of workplace training.
As recent as 2014, 4,821 workers died on the job in the United States. Especially in industries where workers frequently experience hazardous situations such as in the construction industry, which had 937 workplace deaths in 2015, virtual reality represents a safer and more effective method of training. Virtual reality based training has the ability to greatly increase workplace safety by introducing new workers to the hazardous situations they will face on the job before they ever set foot on the site. Workers who train with virtual reality can be put in the high stress and potentially dangerous situations they will later face on the job and learn how to navigate them in a safe learning environment.
Shorter Learning Curve
For companies, time is money. The less time it takes to train an employee while still fully-preparing them for the job the better. Virtual reality based training unlocks the brain’s power to quickly process visual images, something it does at rate 60,000 times faster than it does with text. While the speed of training is vital, the more important aspect of training is the employee’s ability to retain the information they were given. In comparison to traditional training methods, users of virtual reality are 60% more likely to remember information they were given. This principle can be seen in a recent study of the training of student pilots. It was concluded that, “student pilots who used Microsoft's Flight Simulator program were 54 percent more likely to obtain above-average scores in real flight tests than pilots who had trained without the program.” These results validate virtual reality’s vastly superior ability to efficiently communicate information to those who use it.
While investing in a virtual reality system may initially seem like a costly undertaking, it pales in comparison to the cost of training employees using real equipment. After the initial costs of buying the virtual reality system as well as the price for the creation of the simulated work zone, users of virtual reality in training can expect minimal future costs. This means that the return on investment (ROI) of a virtual reality training system is much higher than using real equipment for training, which involves recurring expenses for the materials used.
At Royal Innovative Solutions, we provide 3D and virtual reality training to simulate dangerous work environments. If you are preparing to send workers into a highway work zone, there is no better way to prepare them for the job like having them train in a safe environment through virtual reality.