Accenture has procured 60,000 virtual reality (VR) headsets, mainly for its new hires. These headsets will allow the tech major to train its new joiners effectively.
Since the majority of the Company’s workforce is in India, the new recruits here will also gain from the three-dimensional experience that Accenture aims to provide them through these Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets.
No single company has ever bought these headsets in such big numbers before.
The objective is to let new hires learn about Accenture in a more engaging manner, and make them feel they are physically present in training sessions with other colleagues.
Accenture is not new to VR. In fact, about three years ago, post acquiring Mackevision, the VR company, the tech major had started using VR in its internal processes.
The Company used augmented reality (AR) and VR to assess freshers and test them for their skills and potential before hiring them for its UK office, in 2018.
The VR assessments allowed the Company to see how the candidates would behave and respond in various situations. After all, the candidates got a feel of being within an actual Accenture office while taking the tests. These assessments, some of which required candidates to solve hieroglyphic codes while actually getting a feel of being within an Egyptian tomb, were able to test the candidates’ problem-solving and analytical skills too.
Posts on social media indicate that the Company will invest more in VR/AR-based training in the near future.