Using VR to improve training effectiveness

Published on December 15th, 2018 by Debi Christensen

If you’re like most employers, you spend considerable time hiring the right person for the job. Hopefully, your new employees will be quick learners because you need them to ramp up quickly.

But before you turn them loose in their new roles, they need training. Additionally, some of your experienced employees might benefit from revisiting polici8es and procedures you’ve set in place. So how can you make sure that your employees understand everything they need to know to do their jobs?

You give them the experience they need.

And to provide them with that experience, safely and cost-effectively, you use VR to improve training.


Companies like UPS are already using virtual reality to enhance driver safety while delivering packages.

The research is in

Ask any HR department, and they’ll tell you that one of their biggest expenses is training. In fact, in 2016 alone, companies spent an average of $1,273 in personal development expenses for every employee.

The worst part of providing this training is while some of it may be high in quality and relate to job performance, some of it may be irrelevant. And that wastes time and money. Repeatedly replacing employees also can increase training costs.


Virtual reality training can reduce those costs and provide targeted simulations that improve job performance. Studies like Using VR Based Training for Maintenance Procedures and The Effects of Fully Immersive Virtual Reality of the Learning of Physical Tasks report success using VR to improve training.

Employees who use VR simulations to learn their jobs make fewer mistakes than colleagues with traditional training.

VR to improve training effectiveness with 2 questions

Anyone can make their trainings more effective using virtual reality. Begin by asking yourself two questions before your get started:

  1. What will you teach?

The first step in identifying your VR curriculum lies in knowing what your employees must know and master to be successful in their jobs. The best trainings immerse employees in scenarios in which they must take action: individual or shared scenarios.

Think of your training as a user case study that tells a story and calls for the trainee to respond to the events that unfold.

  1. How will you certify mastery?

Think about how your employees can show you that they’re ready to hit the floor running. Traditionally, that meant taking a certification test. True/false and multiple choice questions, however, don’t reveal the employee’s degree of aptitude.


What CAN measure success, however, is job performance. Employers can use virtual reality simulations to determine the degree to which an employee will be successful in the job. Employees can show you how well they can operate equipment, identify potential hazards, or simply tidy a stock room..

Additionally, it’s wise to measure the effectiveness of your training. Compare the results of your traditional training methods with those gathered from your VR training.

Virtual reality simulations produce an improved ability to perform tasks, and it’s a more economical way to train employees.

Using VR to improve training effectiveness is already working for other industries; why not yours?