Every day, millions of people interact with augmented reality apps. At home, in schools, and in professional environments, these apps provide us with entertainment, learning opportunities and advanced tools to work faster, more comfortably and more accurately. Job training is one of the key fields in which AR has taken a strong foothold. And corporate boardrooms have come to realize how beneficial this new technology is for employee training and retention.
An Issue of Staying Competitive
No matter how big and shiny their headquarters are, the number one asset to any top level corporation is its workforce. From a visionary CEO down to junior employees and interns, the people working together in a company create true value and innovation.
Finding, training and keeping the best, most talented and most dedicated employees is one of the key issues HR managers need to solve. And the answer can very well be found in augmented reality apps for training.
What Makes Training Augmented Reality Apps Attractive for Corporations?
1. Enhanced Collaborative Work
The main issue for a corporation that employs hundreds or thousands of employees is not simply training them, but bringing them together during training and developing their interaction and collaboration skills. But this can be impractical with the limited space of a physical venue. How can one bring together hundreds of people and teach each of them, but at the same time have them interact with each other? The logistics of such a training venue can be beyond reasonable expenses and effort.
But with augmented reality apps for training, the solution is simple: employees interact with holographic items rather than physical ones, each using a headset or their smartphone. Thus, they do not have to be together in the same room, or even in the same building.
2. Keeping the Promise of Personal Development
Skilled professionals need satisfaction beyond just their paycheck. They want to acquire knowledge, become more skilled and better adapted to face the challenges of an ever changing labor market.
A study conducted by IBM indicated that skilled employees who do not feel that they experience relevant personal development in a company are 12 times more likely to leave the company. With the help of modern training techniques (such as augmented reality apps) and a comprehensive curriculum of certifications, corporations can create a sustainable culture of personal development and retain their talented employees.
3. Retaining and Refreshing Skills
It is a common occurrence that employees do not have to use all their skills on a continual basis in their daily activities. As a result, some of the least used skills may be forgotten or become obsolete.
Frequent refresher training sessions using AR technology will help employees stay up to date with their skills and use them with confidence when they are needed, even after a period of not actively using them in their daily work.
4. On-board Instruction of New Employees
A lot of time is lost with induction training for new employees. During training employees are usually not very productive, because they are watching others perform tasks, or reading computer courses. This type of induction training is no longer feasible or acceptable for corporation. Every employee needs to add value to the business every day, from day one.
By using augmented reality apps for training, new hires can combine learning with performing tasks. They can be taught how to use a piece of equipment, for instance, through a headset, as they stand before the machine and operate it. This helps companies really put their dollars to work–including those spent on new employees’ salaries.
5. A User Friendly Learning Experience
Everyone knows how to use a smartphone today–even young children. By using a medium people are familiar with for training, the employees have higher chances of finding the learning experience user friendly and retaining the information they are taught.
By removing the unwelcome classroom atmosphere and replacing it with a gamified version of learning through augmented reality apps, companies can improve the training system itself and develop better trained and more highly skilled employees.