Requiring no more than a computer, mouse and keyboard keys, the metaverse is an accessible technology that offers close to reality if not ultra realistic “remote”.office interactions.
Several companies have been putting forward metaverse solutions that will make remote work more effective. Like a mirror of the real physical world, in the metaverse people can engage in social interactions, adopt pets, design virtual fashion items, acquire virtual real estate, go to events, create and sell digital art and earn money.
Now, people can actually work in the metaverse. India-based Metaverse immersive platform NextMeet offers interactive working, collaboration, and learning solutions. Pushpak Kypuram, Founder-Director of NextMeet, who explained the inspiration behind their virtual workplace solution: “With the shift to remote working from the pandemic, keeping employees engaged has become a top challenge for many companies.
“With NextMeet’s immersive platform, employee digital avatars can pop in and out of virtual offices and meeting rooms in real-time, walk up to a virtual help desk, give a live presentation from the dais, relax with colleagues in a networking lounge, or roam a conference center or exhibition using a customizable avatar.” a report from Harvard Business Review read.
PixelMax, a UK-based start-up, similarly helps organizations create immersive workplaces designed to enhance team cohesion, employee wellness, and collaboration.
Virtual workplaces, which a web-based systems can be accessed through regular work computers. It does not even require headsets or VR- glasses. PixelMax’s technology is based on the idea of giving employees the opportunity to see their colleagues and engage in informal chats.
It also has well-being spaces where employees can “hang out” to take breaks. These are dedicated spaces that have forests and aquariums. Guided meditations are also offered in this modern-day work solution.
Clients can even opt to add a special feature that has the ability to order take-out food and other merchandise within the virtual space and then have the items delivered to a physical location.
Live status tracking: Just as in the physical workplace, you can walk around and get that panoramic sweep of the office floor, see where colleagues are located and who’s free, drop in for a quick chat, etc.
Remote work can be stressful. Research by Nuffield Health in the UK found that almost one third of UK remote workers were experiencing difficulties in separating home and work life, with more than one quarter finding it hard to switch off when the work day finishes. The metaverse office has a clear demarcation between personal and work life. It has a means of communicating employees’ status like “in a meeting,” “off duty.”
Employees can even build their own office space according to their liking.