Training Industry Magazine - March/April 2019 - 9

GUEST EDITOR
ELIZABETH GREENE

TAKING A LEAP INTO
VIRTUAL REALITY

More and more organizations are turning
to innovative technologies to differentiate
themselves from the competition that is
swimming with similar products, services
and sales pitches. As organizations
focus on new initiatives and innovative
ideas, intended to drive the future of the
company to new heights, the excitement
can be heard from executive memos to
employee hallway conversations. If there
were a time to break away from traditional
training philosophies to a new training
dimension, the time is now!
Company initiatives involving new systems,
new technology or new processes often
involve acquiring new skills for employees.
As companies modernize and implement
technologies from machine learning to
humanoid robots, the employee skill
set required to keep up is significantly
changing. According to the World Economic
Forum, "By 2022, no less than 54 percent
of all employees will require significant reand upskilling."
Not only are the skill sets and job
categories changing during the Fourth
Industrial Revolution, the way in which
people learn is changing. Millennials are
playing a major role in the revamped
learning strategies taking place in many
organizations right now. Microlearning,
experiential learning, collaborative learning
cohorts, and virtual learning environments
are all methods recently implemented
in corporate learning programs with
the increasing numbers of millennials in
the workforce.
Take Action!
Acknowledging changing skill sets,
implementing training programs, and
addressing the evolving learning needs of
millennials can be a monumental task. So

how do you know what the best approach
is for your organization? The obvious
answer: Determine the best approach by
taking a close look at company initiatives,
resources and perceived adoption by
leadership and employees. Select the
options that are in highest alignment. The
not so obvious answer: Take a risk and
leap into another training dimension with
virtual reality (VR)!
If the thought of VR scares you, you're
not alone. The concept of VR and its
application in the corporate learning
environment is fairly new and can be
overwhelming. Learning about the basics
of VR is a good starting point. Luckily,
there are companies testing the waters
and sharing their results to prove that the
benefits outweigh the initial hurdles
of implementation:
*	 Bechtel - Safety and crane operator
training
*	 Fidelity - Empathy training for call
center employees
*	 KFC - Chicken frying skills training for
new employees
*	 NASA - Spacewalk training for NASA
astronauts
*	 UPS - Safety training for new drivers
*	 Walmart - New technology, customer
service, and compliance training for
new associates
It is only a matter of time before VR
becomes commonplace in all training
depar tments. After all, successful
applications of VR are already present
in corporate learning environments and
tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg are

supporting the movement toward VR with
ambitious company goals: "We want to
get a billion people in virtual reality."
The expanding use of VR coupled with
millennials' belief that VR products will
increase productivity could mean the
implementation of virtual reality in the
workplace may not be as hard pressed
as in earlier years. Millennials are already
using VR for gaming and are twice as
likely than other generations to
purchase a VR headset. With the
expansion of personal use, employees
will be less intimidated to use VR in a
professional setting.

THE TIME IS NOW
TO BREAK AWAY
FROM TRADITIONAL
TRAINING
PHILOSOPHIES TO
A NEW TRAINING
DIMENSION.
Each year the world of learning and
development takes on a new form.
Keeping abreast of the latest trends in
learning technology is one of the most
important requirements of a training
professional. There is no better time
than the present to take the leap and try
something new, bold, and innovative!
As Anthony de Mello once said, "Take
the Leap! You cannot cross a chasm in
two jumps!"

Elizabeth Greene is the director of global learning
and development at ON Semiconductor, with
15 years of experience in reinventing corporate
learning programs. Email Elizabeth.

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