When I first joined Augmania, I wasn’t necessarily a rookie. Actually, I had years of experience in content creation that qualified me to join the AR powerhouse. Yet, when I look back at my early blog posts and compare them to recent ones, I notice many improvements. While subtle, these improvements are significant and have made a difference. And the main factor contributing to these improvements is the corporate training I’ve received since joining the team.
Surely, most of you have similar stories to mine. That’s because corporate training, though employees may not enjoy it, is integral for punctilious development of an organization’s personnel. Of course, this consequently leads to solid financial performance. Hence, a ‘learn new stuff everyday’ mindset is very desirable in the corporate world. To help employees acquire said mindset, internal L&D (learning and development) teams take radical measures.
Unsurprisingly, most of these measures include the use of new tech. Many technologies have proven valuable in making corporate training more fun and more efficient.
With that, we reach the star of our blog post: Augmented Reality!
As always, what’s most impressive about AR is how it can solve industries’ toughest challenges. It’s no different in the corporate training realm. Thus, we shall list the biggest obstacles facing L&D executives and show how AR overcomes them:
1- Filling a substantial gap between job requirements and talent skills
According to Deloitte, 2 million job opportunities in the US industrial workforce will go unfilled by next decade. This statistic is a result of a major trend in the US. Lately, we’ve seen a decline in the number of qualified workers in manufacturing. While there is a surge in job openings, employers don’t see most of the available talent pool as competent.
With no apparent solution, the responsibility falls on the shoulders of L&D executives. Through their corporate training programs, they have to turn this incompetence into proficiency. For that, they can depend on AR corporate training.
Through AR training programs, employees will get virtual guidance through every step of their job requirements. They can undergo interactive tutorials again and again until they master the necessary skills. All the while, they won’t have any pressure from bosses shouting instructions at them.
Need a live-action example of what I’m saying? Alright, you got it. In this video, we see a comparison between a technician attempting a task using written guidelines versus using AR smart glasses. As a result, he completes the job 34% faster using the AR glasses. See for yourself!
2- Maintaining the attention of millennials
In the year 2019, a huge sector of the workforce is made up of millennials. Without a doubt, millennials have been under the magnifying glass of researchers for many years. Despite some of these researches being controversial, one thing millennials are infamous for is short attention spans. At this point, even millennials would admit it.
So how do you combat that using AR corporate training? Remember the part where I mentioned AR glasses? Well, that was just me suckering you into thinking that AR’s use is limited to wearable devices. Quite contrarily, the most popular form of AR and possibly the most effective is mobile AR. Mobile AR gives the same benefits of AR except users need only their phones to engage with AR content.
Now, let’s go back to our poor millennials in their workplaces. Often, millennials can’t focus on corporate training tasks because they keep getting impulses to check out their phones. In that case, a mobile AR corporate training program can neutralize this issue completely. Millennial employees won’t get distracted with their smartphones when their smartphones give them their tasks. Also, the learning process itself becomes much faster and fitting of millennials’ attention spans.
3- Providing clear learning objectives to trainees
At times, L&D teams have a hard time communicating to employees the objectives of their corporate training programs. Ultimately, these vague objectives leave employees scratching their heads. To counteract this, AR teams up with the wildly popular technique known as gamification. Gamification deploys essential elements of gaming, such as giving objectives, in non-game experiences.
For instance, think of a new hire‘s first day at the job. A gamified AR corporate training program could turn his/her entire day into digestible objectives. It would start by showing how to sign in for arrival. Then, it would orient the new hire with all the machinery he/she is going to work with. Next, the program guides him/her through all the reports and paperwork for the day. Of course, after completing each objective, the program can reward the user in a variety of ways.
4- Tracking trainees’ progress
What’s a great corporate training program if you don’t have sufficient insights to judge an employee’s progress? That would be almost like throwing all the hard work into the bin. However, the entire story changes with AR. Using AR, L&D teams can embed analytics, such as learner satisfaction and enrollments, into their corporate training programs. Immediately, they would get results in real-time and act on them.
Plus, these AR analytics provide a great opportunity for L&D experts to tailor programs to each employee. Yes, personalized corporate training is absolutely a thing with AR!
5- Reaching higher ROI
So ROI is not entirely an issue in L&D, but who hates better ROI? Now, this part is a summary that puts all the aforementioned perks of AR together to reflect on ROI. We’ve seen how AR helps employees get through their corporate training tasks faster. Then, we showed how versatile AR is as it can be both in wearable or mobile form. Should you choose mobile AR, you get a bonus perk which is cost-effectiveness. From there, we explored how fun and engaging AR corporate training can be. Finally, you can ensure efficient corporate training when you utilize AR analytics to monitor progress with potential for personalization.
If we put that in the form of an equation, it would look like this: Fast + Versatile + Cost Effective + Fun + Engaging + Efficient + Personalized. I’m pretty sure the answer here = Better ROI!