The world’s leading consulting firm Accenture is buying 60,000 Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headsets as it looks to welcome thousands of new recruits amid the pandemic. The company’s CEO, Julie Sweet, believes that the new technology will help the company facilitate effective training “with people you don’t get to be in a room with.”
Companies are looking at emerging technologies as a suitable way to onboard new employees and help the existing ones ease back into the usual work setup. However, the popularity of the work-from-home culture seems to be sticking around for longer.
Accenture had already been exploring the space in recent times. The company had helped deliver enterprise experiences for clients such as BMW and Jeep, introduced an extended reality (XR) practice, and acquired the VR expert firm Mackevision. The company has been looking at various ways of creating and operating XR solutions at scale for its clients and adopting the technologies for its internal functioning.
For instance, now it has stepped up with an order of 60,000 Oculus Quest 2 headsets, making it the largest single deployment by a company ever. As per a statement from Julie Sweet, the company plans to use the headsets for facilitating training for new hires as it prepares to hire over 125,000 personnel working remotely.
“Why are we doing that [supplying VR headsets for training new recruits]? Because the way you build connections is also through experiences, and it’s super cool… It’s a great way to learn about Accenture in a more engaging fashion but have an experience with people you don’t get to be in a room with going through your new joiner training,” Sweet added.
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