The Future Of The Workplace
The 2020 pandemic changed the working world forever, and millions of people were suddenly forced to leave their offices and instead conduct all their work at home. This proved to be challenging to many, but it didn’t take long for most to realise that, with the help of the internet and other technologies, it was actually possible to work completely at home.
Even as the global lockdowns came to an end, people have been extremely reluctant to leave their homes and move back to the office. And it’s with this in mind that more and more big players in the virtual reality sphere have begun focussing on creating a truly virtual office environment, allowing workers to get their work done in a productive environment without ever having to leave the comfort of their own homes.
Anyone that has worked in an office will know that there are a lot of different technologies working together to achieve a balance between convenience and productivity.
Computers, printers, smartphones, tablets, servers, networking, and so much more is needed to get an office going. And it’s these physical limitations that are a part of the reason that many companies want their employees to return to the office – for many workers, it’s simply impossible to have a large bank of monitors at home without significant space availability and financial investment.
It’s much easier instead to shift away from the limitations and rather focus on creating the same environment, so having that bank of monitors available, but all within a virtual setting. Instead of taking up an entire wall with monitors, all the worker would really need is a VR headset.
One of the biggest advantages of working in an office is having the ability to collaborate with colleagues. This can make a tremendous difference to overall productivity, and it’s another important reason that there’s been a large global call for the return to the traditional office space.
But developers of VR technologies are hoping to change that by creating virtual office spaces where people are able to congregate and collaborate in real time, both for work and recreational purposes, like gaming or discussing the latest NFL betting odds.
It would be similar to a regular office in every way, except for the fact that it would be completely hosted on the cloud and would allow people from across the world to interact with one another. While virtual reality technology still has some way to go before this kind of work environment becomes a reality, it could change the work paradigm forever.
Another benefit of the virtual office is the motivation that it might provide to employees. Instead of having to wake up at the crack of dawn and drive for an hour and a half, a worker might instead get out of bed just a few minutes before the start of work and log into the virtual office right in their bedroom. Motivation has been waning over the last few years and many experts believe that the virtual office might address this issue.