There has been a virtual reality tool that helps managers practice employee layoff skills

Tram Ho

In this training virtual reality program, Barry Thompson was a poor employee and he was repeatedly fired from time to time for dozens of reasons.

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Barry Thompson’s reaction was plentiful, from calm to screaming, angry or protesting to the decision to fire. Of course these reactions depend on the scenario that the user chooses.

Barry and this interesting virtual reality program are the inventors of Talespin, a company based in California and the Netherlands. The company specializes in developing virtual reality and AR training programs for Fortune 500 companies.

The company created Barry and the program also developed a number of other virtual training situations, such as negotiating, selling or giving feedback to subordinates.

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Computers create employees and topics, enabling users to practice and perfect personal communication skills in the workplace in the safest way. Each of Talespin’s programs combines speech recognition technology, artificial intelligence and positive feedback.

For example, Barry can talk naturally with users who are wearing virtual reality glasses, and encourage them to interact with the context and respond to the most realistic and relevant situations.

CEO Talespin, Kyke Jackson said: “The premise for creating this software is to create a space for employees to practice interpersonal situations.”

Depending on how users misuse Barry, virtual employees will react in different ways. From accepting the message calmly if the user handles a tricky situation or screams or weeps if the scenario goes bad.

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Jackson said that the experience of handling the situation with Barry would help managers to fire someone the most plausible. Virtual people will also help us become better people.

Role-playing features will involve VR technology. The strength of VR is that it can be done by targeting the system of behavioral skills and cognitive skills.

Talespin is not the only company developing simulation programs in the form of virtual reality to train employees.

For example, California-based technology firm Strivr created a program using VR Oculus Go glasses for companies like Fidelity, United Rentals, Verizon and Walmart. Thousands of employees of these firms then used that VR software to train their skills.

Andy Trainor, senior director of Walmart US Academy, said: “When you watch a module through VR glasses, your brain will feel like you’ve experienced such a situation.”

The high applicability of VR is so many people can use it to learn how to give birth to babies, operate specialized machines, even weld.


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