Can VR measure how we’ll respond to threats, including at work?- HR and the Future of Work – Issue 62: CogX

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Psychologists have started researching how people emotionally respond to potential threats using VR. By mixing real and virtual world elements, they have observed participants’ anxiety on a behavioural, physiological, and subjective level. Emotional responses to potential threats were analysed by putting people in anxious environments and it was possible to measure one of the five major personality traits  – neuroticism.

In other words, someone’s personality could now be profiled in a virtual world. And according to the article below, data collection through VR has been a cause for concern for a while, whilst also pointing out that Facebook now requires all new Oculus VR owners to link their Facebook account to the hardware.

Could personality research using VR become part of the future of HR?




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Playing VR games is exciting and interesting for a lot of gamers, and you would (or maybe wouldn’t) be surprised to know that psychologists think so, too. According to The Conversation, psychologists have started researching how people emotionally respond to potential threats using VR

Read more (The American Genius)


A report from Achievers Workforce Institute found that more than half (52%) of North American employees plan to look for a new job this year. The report also found that two-thirds of employees are not committed to their current roles and that only one in five are planning to stay with their company for a long time.

Read more (AllWork, Inc.)


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The role of a human resources director has traditionally involved juggling responsibilities — but never so much as during the coronavirus pandemic.“It has always been our job to be equal parts coach, mentor, enforcer, therapist, manager, expert and sometimes, lawyer,” said Jamie Coakley, VP of people, one of those interviewed in this piece.

Read more (Digiday)


According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), employers must plan for any return to the workplace in a way that cares for their staff members and safeguards their health and wellbeing.

Read more (The HR Director)


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WeWork lost $3.2 billion last year, the office-sharing startup disclosed in a presentation shown to prospective investors as part of a pitch for $1 billion in investment and a stock market listing, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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