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VR onboarding tours for businesses: Improve the onboarding of new employees

Goal of this blog post: The goal of this post is to highlight the transformative power of VR onboarding tours to not only revolutionize the onboarding experience for new employees, but also increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall onboarding process for businesses.

Introduction: VR Onboarding - The Future of Employee Integration

On their first day on the job, new employees are often overwhelmed by the deluge of information that comes at them. Traditional onboarding methods can often lead to information overload that impacts retention rates. This is where interactive VR onboarding solutions that combine virtual reality (VR) with face-to-face interactions offer an innovative alternative to make onboarding more efficient and memorable.

Virtual tours

VR onboarding tours allow new employees, even remote ones, to effectively familiarize themselves with their new work environment. These virtual tours not only promote engagement and understanding, but also help new employees feel part of the team more quickly.

  • Benefits of VR onboarding tours:
  • Orientation in the physical office from a distance
  • Interactive introduction to the company
  • Virtual meetings with team members and managers

Interactive trainings

Unlike passively watching videos or reading documents, VR allows employees to immerse themselves in interactive learning environments. This promotes engagement and understanding at a deeper level and is particularly effective for safety training, customer service scenarios, or other role-specific tasks.

Gamification of learning

VR opens up the opportunity to incorporate gamified elements into the onboarding process, making learning more fun and memorable. Gamification can motivate new employees through challenges, progress indicators, and reward systems, ultimately leading to higher retention and understanding.

Reduce time to full productivity:

VR onboarding is a transformative strategy that aims to maximize the efficiency of the onboarding process by significantly reducing the time it takes new employees to reach their full work capacity. By creating an immersive, real-world environment, VR enables employees to more quickly and effectively familiarize themselves with their new office, the company's expectations, and the specific tasks they are expected to perform. This proactive approach not only accelerates the transition from a new employee to an effective and productive team member, but also reduces the costs and resources associated with traditional training methods. Organizations benefit from faster performance uptake, higher employee satisfaction and overall increased productivity, ultimately leading to stronger growth and success.

Reasons VR onboarding is effective in reducing time to full productivity:

  1. Repetition and understanding: In the VR environment, employees can repeat scenarios when they are unclear without worrying about appearing ignorant or unsure, as might be the case with in-person tours. This opportunity to revisit information and practice tasks repeatedly fosters a deeper understanding and solid mastery of the required skills and knowledge.
  2. Faster adaptation: VR simulations provide realistic workplace scenarios that enable effective, hands-on training.
  3. Better engagement: the immersive nature of VR ensures deeper employee engagement and interest, which accelerates learning and adaptation.
  4. Fewer distractions: The focused VR environment reduces distractions typically present in traditional training environments.
  5. Scalability: VR training can be delivered simultaneously to many employees, increasing efficiency and reducing training time.
  6. Safety and risk mitigation: Employees can practice complex or dangerous tasks in a safe environment, which builds confidence and accelerates the learning curve.
  7. Emotional connection: By experiencing an aesthetically pleasing and realistically designed virtual office, employees build a deeper emotional connection not only to their workplace, but also to their role within the company. This immersive experience inspires a sense of belonging and strengthens identification with the company, which in turn increases motivation and promotes seamless integration into their new roles.

Equality of experience

A key benefit of VR onboarding solutions is ensuring a consistent onboarding experience for all employees, regardless of their geographic location. This is especially beneficial for companies with multiple offices or a large number of remote employees.

Why VR onboarding is equivalent well suited for remote workers:


In an era where remote work is becoming the norm, VR onboarding offers a unique solution to strengthen remote employee retention and motivation. It's a common challenge to get remote employees to feel connected to the physical office and encourage regular visits, which is essential for team building. VR onboarding addresses this challenge by creating an immersive experience that not only virtually connects employees to the workplace, but also makes them want to be physically present. Through interactive VR sessions, employees experience the company culture in a way that goes far beyond traditional methods - they feel and live the culture, rather than just reading or hearing about it. This in-depth approach ensures that the delivery of the company's values and norms does not depend on the mood or engagement of any one employee, but instead provides a consistent and enthusiastic experience for all. By "experiencing" the culture, remote employees can build a deeper connection to the company, making them more likely to engage in regular office visits and team-building activities, ultimately leading to a stronger and more unified workforce.

Benefits of VR onboarding for multi-site organizations:

For organizations with multiple locations, onboarding new employees can be a logistical challenge, especially when it comes to ensuring consistency and quality in the onboarding experience. VR onboarding is particularly beneficial in this context, as it provides a standardized onboarding experience for employees across multiple locations. Through virtual tours and simulations, employees, regardless of their physical location, can receive the same high-quality onboarding, including a thorough introduction to the work environment, company culture, and relevant work processes. This not only promotes a consistent company culture and operational standards, but also saves valuable resources and time that would otherwise be spent on travel and site-specific on boarding. In addition, VR technology enables a scalable solution that can be easily extended to a large number of employees in different locations, significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the onboarding process.

Simulated experience

New employees can experience different aspects of their new role in simulated environments through VR. This is especially valuable for positions that require specialized skills or understanding of complex processes, as it provides a risk-free environment for learning and experimentation.

Ensure data security for virtual onboarding experiences:

In the world of digital onboarding, protecting confidential company information is of paramount importance. We address this need by implementing privacy measures that protect both the interests of the company and the personal data of employees. One way to achieve this is through the use of offline VR tours, which do not require access to the Internet and thus minimize the risk of data leaks. Alternatively, online VR tours can be secured with password protection mechanisms that limit access to authorized users. These methods not only prevent unauthorized access from the outside, but also ensure that sensitive information and corporate data are protected at all times.


VR onboarding is a revolutionary approach to improving new employee onboarding. With benefits such as improved retention rates, equality of experience, gamification of learning, interactive training, simulated experiences, reduced time to full productivity, and enhanced data protection, VR onboarding positions itself as an indispensable tool for forward-thinking organizations.

Bernhard buzzer

Managing Director LUCID VISIONS GmbH

"Adaptability to modern technologies is at the heart of our marketing strategy. I see virtual "tours" as the decisive advance in real estate marketing in the coming years.

As CEO and co-founder of Lucid Visions, my vision is not only to lead a technological revolution, but also to establish a distinctive digital solution in the Munich real estate scene. Our unique approach sets us apart from the competition and sets new standards in the industry."

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