June 28, 2022 | As Edmonton companies return to in-person operations and tackle new challenges of team-building and talent management, AlignVR launches a new virtual reality service. One that allows the local business community to understand and elevate their teams through a novel, accurate, soft skills evaluation toolset.
In development for several years and honed through a successful pilot project with France-based Airbus, AlignVR’s downtown Edmonton VR labs will be the first place in the world where companies of all sizes can effortlessly access this new technology as needed.
“AlignVR approaches the question of soft skills evaluation by using virtual reality to give business owners and HR managers insight that traditional methods miss,” said Co-Founder and CEO Alex Rossol. “This means managers can better understand the hidden strengths and weaknesses of their teams, retain talent, and make better hiring decisions.”
In a traditional team-building exercise, the evaluator does not get a true representation of a person compared to their day-to-day self because the employee will act differently knowing they are being evaluated — or answer questions by trying to provide the ‘right’ answer.
With the immersion of the virtual world and the immediacy of the team-based VR tasks developed in-house, the AlignVR session imposes a cognitive load that results in people acting much more like themselves. The result is the reliable, organic production of more authentic behaviours that illustrate more accurately how well the participants perform in terms of common desired soft skills:
“Managers and employees are far better equipped to understand how they can grow both as a team and as individuals because they’re working with real information and a powerful shared experience,” Rossol said.
Edmonton business leaders, HR professionals, and media are invited to AlignVR’s Open House on July 14, 2pm-5pm, to experience a hands-on demonstration of the virtual reality system. Attendees will try VR tasks and challenges, and will be shown how AlignVR uses observational data to develop actionable professional development plans, select better-qualified candidates, and reduce the impact of personal bias in team building and recruitment.
December 21 2020 | AlignVR announces it has been selected to take part in the Canadian Extended Reality (XR) Market Accelerator. One of 10 startups selected, this program allows AlignVR to examine and prepare for entry into the Washington state market.
Taking place over January and February of 2021, this program will occur virtually and include introduction to local Washington state companies, community leaders, and investors for market validation, mentorship, coaching and advice. This will assist the Canadian VR company develop its go to market strategy for the US.
“AlignVR seeks to help organizations better understand their most important resource: their employees,” CEO Alex Rossol says.
“Our virtual reality innovations are set to revolutionize how companies hire, how they train soft skills — even how they come together casually — to build positive working relationships and stronger teams. We’re thrilled to be a part of this program and look forward to learning how to better prepare our unique services for the US market.”
AlignVR is an Edmonton, Alberta company founded by Alex Rossol and Nathaniel Rossol. With 50+ partners worldwide delivering its entertainment product, the organization has innovated a leap in hiring and training by putting virtual reality to use to help companies gain incredible insight into the soft skills of its employees and candidates.
By creating scenarios that fully immerse participants in an approachable yet challenging environment, it exposes behaviours and relationships that normally remain hidden allowing for a more authentic and transparent approach to developing soft skills than ever before. More information is available here.
Edmonton Company AlignVR Reinvents Holiday Office Parties As COVID-Safe Virtual Reality Experiences for Local Businesses
November 12, 2020 | Many Edmonton companies have been forced to cancel traditional large in-person holiday events due to the ongoing pandemic. AlignVR has responded with an innovative way for local businesses to show appreciation — and learn something about themselves and their team along the way.
“By creating a new version of our virtual reality escape room team-building service with COVID-19 safety top of mind, AlignVR gives companies a new way to end 2020 on a high note,” co-founder and CEO Alex Rossol says
November 12, 2020 | AlignVR is proud to announce today that it has been accepted into the Creative Destruction Lab Prime Stream program at CDL-Toronto.
AlignVR’s innovative approach to the hiring and training process enables forward-thinking companies to make better hiring decisions and effectively coach their employees toward positive personal and professional growth.
The job interview is about to get a major overhaul. Whether it is for jobs, med school, or even dating, AlignVR is changing the way we get to know people in interviews
AlignVR is a 30 minute interview that uses a series of virtual reality experiences and puzzles to essentially give candidates the chance to show who they really are. Candidates go through live social interactions between themselves and other candidates in a variety of contexts and situations. The idea is to show enough behavior that an assessor can determine whether you are a good fit for the team.
And here’s the hook. You can’t fake it.