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Virtual Reality Training: A New Resource for Minimizing Behaviors of Incivility at Work

Live in Their World (LITW) is a program to help employees develop more respectful ways to interact with each other. We use proprietary, research backed training techniques and immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) to foster deeper understanding of why colleagues from different demographic groups may experience certain actions as biased, disrespectful, or uncivil. With that understanding, we then help employees develop and practice new skills for respectful engagement at work.

Our program uses principles from the science of learning to create both (1) emotional learning, so people really “get” how bias and disrespect impact others and are therefore motivated to act differently, and (2) cognitive learning of new skills to interact more respectfully.

Live in Their World measures employee behavior change throughout the program.

Live in Their World (LITW) is a program to help employees develop more respectful ways to interact with each other. We use proprietary, research-backed training techniques and immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) to foster deeper understanding of why colleagues from different demographic groups may experience certain actions as biased, disrespectful, or uncivil. With that understanding, we then help employees develop and practice new skills for respectful engagement at work.

Our program uses principles from the science of learning to create both (1) emotional learning, so people really “get” how bias and disrespect impact others and are therefore motivated to act differently, and (2) cognitive learning of new skills to interact more respectfully.

Live in Their World measures employee behavior change throughout the program.

Program Overview

Research indicates that bias, incivility, and disrespect lead to:

  • decreased productivity (intentional work slowdowns directed toward the uncivil person, distraction as people mull over in uncivil actions),

  • financial costs and lost time (minimized contact with or avoid the disrespectful person, manager’s time addressing coworker issues, employee turnover),

  • poor morale,

  • compromised brand,

  • potential legal concerns because of the claims of harassment, discrimination, or a hostile work environment to different groups.

Furthermore, research also shows that typical diversity, equity, and inclusion training aren’t effective, and many employees approach such training, and sexual harassment prevention training, with a “check the box” mentality.

The Problem that

Businesses Face

The LITW Solution

Our program can increase empathy and motivation, and provide specific guidance about what to do as a respectful colleague—and make it easy to learn, in small “chunks” of information over time, so it’s easier to remember and use.

Demographic

Tracks

Specific Skills

Training

Our Program Tracks

Our program offers various tracks, with each track helping employees understand a new perspective and deepen their skills for respectful behavior. We currently offer three types of tracks:

  • Leadership Skills

Sexual Harassment

Prevention Tracks

  • Black Man

  • Black Woman

  • White Woman

  • Training for All Employees

  • Training for Supervisors

Tracks in

Development

  • White Man​

  • Latinx Woman

  • Latinx Man

  • Asian American Woman

  • Asian American Man

  • LGBTQ+

  • Mentall Illness at Work

Our Methodology

Each track has three modules allowing us to deliver our program in small increments, over time, to build new habits:

    1. Civility and Respect Survey Module

    2. Emotional Learning Module via VR, which can be experienced in three different ways

  •  Computer immersive video experience (no other equipment needed),

  • Mobile VR headset experience (mobile phone + mobile VR headset), or

  •  Oculus VR headset in office setting

    3. Cognitive Learning Module (E-learning)

A Glimpse of a VR Track

In this clip, imagine that you are Jovontae, the Black man seated here, working quietly in a conference room. A colleague from Marketing - not your department - has just asked if he can talk to you.

Listen to see what he has to say. Can you spot the issue in his request? Can you think of some ways this situation can be addressed?

This Live in Their World program can help upskill your employees.

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Live In Their World is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. The federal government provides tax incentives to those who conduct business with minority and women-owned businesses. Benefits and incentives vary based on individual state programs. Live in Their World is also now certified as a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), qualifying for relevant federal government contracts.