WALMART WIDELY ADOPTING VR SOFT SKILLS TRAINING
As VR quickly takes hold in mainstream gaming and entertainment, it is still in its infancy in workplace training. Therefore, we were extremely excited to read that Walmart is not just dipping their toes into the VR-training swimming pool, they are launching themselves 8-feet in the air and cannon-balling into VR soft skills training.
The world’s largest physical retailer has been trialling VR customer service and leadership training in 31 of its development academies. Having received excellent results thus far, Walmart have announced that all 200 of their training academies and over 150,000 employees will be using VR training by the end of this year.
Walmart will be using VR training in a variety of additional areas such as sales, safety and HR. The company has decided to make this large investment in the technology after running a successful pilot program with US-based VR developer, StriVR Labs.
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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR UNLEASHED VR'S CUSTOMERS?
We see a significant implication from Walmart’s mass adoption of VR soft skills training: Validation of the value Unleashed VR's programs can add to our customers.
Unleashed VR helps people improve their workplace capabilities in difficult person-to-person interactions through immersive simulation programs. Walmart is now investing millions of dollars and thousands of employee hours into the medium (VR) and training areas (soft skills) that Unleashed VR is focused on.
We believe Walmart’s recent announcement will help shape the views of organisations considering training their employees in VR.
VR AS 'VALUE-ADDING' AND 'DE-RISKED'
Walmart is moving to full adoption of VR training only after running a partnership pilot that validated this wider business case.
VR training is immersive, experience-based and allows for people to safely fail within specifically designed simulations. VR easily records performance and results and is the perfect tool to provide actionable insights to staff and their employers. This unique combination of factors results in more effectively trained staff that are better prepared for the challenges they will encounter in their jobs.
This is the logic that Walmart have tested and confirmed over the past six months.