A virtual reality headset is being worn by employees at an office supply store in Seattle to help them increase productivity.
The store, the first of its kind in the country, said Thursday that it has been using virtual tools since the spring and that it had more than 200 employees.
The new technology, called the Workforce Virtual Reality Lab, allows employees to practice the skills that they have learned through online courses, online training, or video lectures.
It also helps employees find new ways to meet their clients’ needs and get feedback on their work, the store said.
The Lab has been in use since last fall and is the first virtual workspace for the store, said John Dickson, senior director of operations for The Washington Store.
Employees are also getting more help from virtual reality headsets, which help them focus on a task at hand rather than be distracted by a virtual screen.
In one demo, a customer came into the store to pick up an item, and she was asked to do a handstand in front of a large screen.
Her head bobbed in the air as she made her way through the aisle.
The company also is testing the lab at an other store, and is hoping to add more to the program by the end of the year.
The goal is to train 50,000 employees by 2020, the company said.
The company said that it will have 10 employees in the virtual lab, which will work in the same way as a full-time employee but in a different part of the store.
The full-timers will be given the opportunity to work from home.
The technology can help reduce the strain on the workers, the Seattle-based company said in a statement.
The work is done with the company’s virtual tools and is done at the same time as the normal human office.
This is the kind of innovation that we need, said Todd Luevano, who runs the company.
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