The future of work is changing, and it’s quite fascinating. The Workforce Dimensions Solution Guide describes how advances in technology directly impact every dimension of our lives, from personal to professional. And today, I’d like to share with you an article describing how technology is changing the way many businesses and organizations operate. Virtual and Augmented Reality Can Protect The American Workforce by Will Byrne and Dale Knauss: this, my friends, is well worth the 7-minute read.
The article focuses on how automation and artificial intelligence are changing jobs and the skills people need to perform them. Many of the world’s largest employers have turned to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to upskill and educate their workers. Take Walmart, for example. The organization has leveraged VR at 200 of its training centers to prepare and train employees for the Black Friday rush. Similarly, UPS uses VR headsets to train drivers.
Reading how AR and VR have helped engage employees through training and onboarding got me thinking about how they impact customer success as well. The more experienced employees are with the real-life scenarios they will encounter, the better prepared they will be to deliver a positive experience to customers and help them achieve their goals. Can you imagine how the experience of calling for software/hardware support could be improved with the capabilities of AR? Or – going in a different direction – have the ability to “try-on” what’s in your cart while shopping online? Life-changing – just as I expect the live-action remake of the 1960s The Jetson’s will be…to end on a fun fact!