Can you imagine going to work in a virtual world?
Work is changing. Offices are changing. Across generations, more people are taking greater charge of their work environment and embracing the new wave of hybrid working. According to the Cisco Global Hybrid Work Study 2022, 62% of employees agree that their ability to work from anywhere impacts whether they stay at or leave a job.
But, what if “working from anywhere” meant working from a digital environment?
If cafes, coworking spaces, living rooms, or even rooftops can be our offices, it’s no surprise that companies are already exploring the possibility of workspaces in the Metaverse. It’s going to the office while working from home, except employees get a much more immersive experience than the typical 2D video meeting.
The possibility is a topic of great debate and we need to look at both the benefits and challenges of having the Metaverse as our new office space.
Companies are thinking about the future
Young people have a bit of a competitive edge with a mindset and skills that include an intuitive grasp of technology. They are also key drivers of the change in work environments, looking for more comfort to increase productivity and working in newer job roles that don’t necessitate being in an office all the time. These changes have had benefits for more seasoned employees who see the well-being benefits of changing the way our work days and workspaces are structured.
Because there’s been so much evolution and most companies are finding parts or the whole of their operation requiring varying degrees of digital transformation, it makes sense to relook at workspace requirements. There are many more companies who now allow for hybrid working models or are letting go of offices altogether if they find it’s not necessary. It’s also opened up thinking about going one step further and considering completely virtual work environments.
Pop on a headset and go to work
The CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, believes we’re about five years away from working in the Metaverse. Employees are showing greater interest in the possibility because of the many benefits it can provide. They include:
Not all metaverse moonshine and roses
While the concept of having an office in the metaverse is incredibly exciting, there are some challenges that come with the notion. Just like all physical corporate offices are imperfect, the new territory of virtual workplaces naturally raises concerns.
An optimistic perspective
Because Twinbru is rooted in presenting a digital solution to a real-world problem, we are interested in the positive benefits theoretically available in the Metaverse.
Our fabric digital twins are the first step in many businesses to operating in more digital environments and forging greater connections between professionals around the world. We have collaborated with James Dunlop Textiles in New Zealand through digital communication and our partner platforms all have an international presence, proving that technology is making connections much easier.
The companies currently invested in building a Metaverse of their own will be the trailblazers of this new idea of having offices in digital worlds. We watch their progress with excited curiosity and look forward to seeing them furnish their new, virtual workspaces with many of our Twinbru digital fabrics.