The global health crisis has generated new situations and environments to which all companies have had to adapt. In these difficult times, it is important to focus on certain safety measures to ensure the health of our workers. Therefore, many companies have chosen to work from home. It is estimated that in Spain alone, 88% of companies have implemented telework because of the state of alarm.
Many opportunities have arisen from this need. To help us implement telework, technologies such as virtual reality or augmented reality have emerged and provide us with the opportunity to generate synergies between working from home and being close to our colleagues.
IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES AS A PERFECT TOOL FOR TELEWORKING
Virtual and augmented reality are emerging as the perfect tool for implementing telework in companies as they allow the creation of collaborative and interactive environments. Both cases provide us with new communication channels with completely immersive environments and offer much more effective learning capabilities.
Telework meetings are currently based on talking to your colleagues through a screen and communication is greatly impaired, especially since non-verbal communication, which transmits a lot of information, is non-existent. Therefore, online conferences or meetings are much less effective than traditional face-to-face meetings.
It is precisely for this reason that Virtual Reality is succeeding in both business environments for meetings and conferences. This immersive technology allows meetings to be much closer, high levels of interaction and allows verbal communication to take place, since avatars can be designed to look at each other’s, make gestures, etc. We are talking about an environment that is completely customizable, so you can also recreate your offices or give them any functionality you want. This technology has additional advantages such as avoiding contact with people who may have been in contact with the Covid-19, reducing commutes, etc.
Many companies are already implementing this technology to take advantage of the benefits of teleworking, without having to give up the many other advantages that the face-to-face format offers.
COMPANIES THAT JOIN THE TELEWORK WITH VIRTUAL REALITY
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, predicted the potential of Virtual Reality years ago when he decided to invest in it with the purchase of Oculus VR and now, as a result of the global health crisis, hundreds of his employees are considering permanently working from home.
It is Andrew Bosworth, head of the Virtual and Augmented Reality division of Facebook, who shows us in this tweet how teleworking from home would be thanks to augmented reality:
As we think through supercharging remote work and productivity, we’ve been working on mixed reality concepts that builds on existing technologies like Passthrough to allow people to switch between real and virtual worlds pic.twitter.com/cJCEXDxC7b
— Boz (@boztank) May 21, 2020
BENEFITS OF IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
Virtual Reality allows you to create immersive experiences with realistic quality. You can attend trainings, conferences or seminars from home and really get all the knowledge and skills. All the functionalities are covered: interact with other people, be able to use the necessary tools to train yourself, etc. They also offer some additional benefits:
- Relocation: it is not necessary to locate us in specific places to have access to tools, as these will be available virtually.
- Immersive environments increase learning since distractions are eliminated and concentration is more effective.
- Complete personalization of the virtual environment.
- Increase collaboration between different colleagues, who will be able to talk virtually and not just chat.
- Allows virtual training in remote areas without the need to go to specific spaces or have tools or machinery available for such training.
- It positions your company as an innovator in any sector you are in, which can improve your reputation and even increase sales.
Immersive technology, both virtual reality (allows you to integrate into another reality, in a simulated environment) and augmented reality (adds virtual elements to the physical world), can help the implementation of teleworking to make it as similar as possible to the work in person, as it helps to achieve the benefits of this without leaving home.
What is clear is that teleworking has become a very feasible option for all companies because of the benefits it implies, and many companies are already considering its maintenance in the long term. Virtual and augmented reality will accompany this process into the future of work. Teleworking is now with Virtual Reality.