Our second and final silly tale moves into the realm of virtual reality. A California tech firm, Talespin has created software that allows HR practitioners to develop soft skills in dismissing an employee.

The training takes place through the medium of virtual reality software and involves dismissing Barry, an unfortunate collection of coding that spends every day being dismissed over and over again.

Depending on the tone and language adopted by the trainee will impact how Barry reacts to his dismissal. This can range from calm acceptance to aggressive shouting. At the end of each session the trainee is given a score for how well they handled the scenario.

Virtual reality software is also being used to train people in various skills from sales and sexual harassment to midwifery and welding!