To create an environment where your employees and culture are set to thrive post pandemic, technology is going to be the enabler. The pandemic has changed the way we hire, manage and work at a rapid pace. Keeping the workplace culture intact and maintained was one of the hardest challenges organisations faced in 2020. This was only able to be achieved during lockdown due to technology. And even now we emerge into post pandemic life, this will continue to be the case. With organisations committing to hybrid working for the forseeable future, they must continue to invest into technology now more than ever, to aid their people, culture and HR, to create an effective and efficient working environment. Specifically, it is looking as though Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality is set to transform people and culture, making it a more exciting, engaging and compelling experience.
of senior managers see reinventing workplace culture through technology as a top priority
of SME's will utilise HR technologies post covid, as they realise their model is no longer fit for purpose.
of professionals are going to consider virtual and augmented reality to enhance training for their employees.
Virtual & Augmented Reality
These types of tech can be used to bring HR to life in areas of interviewing, training, skills, wellness, cultural development and onboarding. Take interviewing for example, mixing it up from the traditional zoom, it allows organisations to appear in a virtual space with new candidates together, enabling them to interact in a more authentic way, as well as achieve better outcomes by being able to see how people perform in real life scenarios and situations. Technology can even go as far to detect nervousness and hesitation in candidate’s speech. If we look at the onboarding process, AR can offer new starters virtual tours of the work environment / space, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the company, the people, the culture, and the environment. The best of all they can do this anytime from anywhere, enabling them to be In control of their onboarding at their own pace. Developing talent through training can be made more effective through this type of technology, rather than using the boring classroom-based training experience with a standard PowerPoint, a more interactive and immersive learning experience can be created, by offering scenario-based training simulation exercises. This enables employees to remain focused, interested and therefore lets them learn quicker, retain knowledge easier and understand deeper. Allowing it to be more impactful on the employees and organisational culture overall.
As companies begin to invest into such technologies and the latest generations move into more management and leadership roles within organisations, we are sure to see further adoption of these technologies far more. It transforms the experience and environment for employees, creates one that empowers people and adds to their professional development. However, there are important factors to consider for those looking to implement more innovative tech into their HR operations. Such as virtual fatigue, the specific needs of the workforce, the size, its budget and that the vision for tech is aligned with what your workforce needs, rather than just because. Now is the time to act with tech, as we move into new times post pandemic. As in person working, training and onboarding is not as common anymore, alternative more innovative solutions / ways need to be sought.