Many studies indicate people now prefer to work from home, especially after the pandemic made the practice quite common.
However, businesses are keen to get their employees back in the office so that they have more control over productivity and professionalism.
In parallel, many employees have begun to take up jobs that offer flexible working schedules, including work-from-home options.
As a result, several organizations are experiencing a high level of attrition.
Virtual offices, also known as metaverse offices, may become the future of working if one observes current trends closely.
However, not many understand what a metaverse office is, and how it is useful for companies and employees alike.
What is a metaverse
The metaverse office is more than just an average zoom call.
It involves augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR) to make remote working more personal and realistic.
While it is known to enhance productivity, managers will have more control over the employees, and undesirable behaviors such as clocking in extra hours, being distracted during working hours, etc. can be eliminated.
In addition, employees are happier when they work in a hyper-realistic environment right from their homes.
All it takes is an AR/VR headset that is compatible with security, proprietary software, etc.
Metaverse offices make it easier to help employees immerse themselves in photorealistic situations.
• Accenture now onboards its employees on its virtual campus — One Accenture Park.
The company says it’s a great way to meet new employees and is more realistic than a
• Facebook launched its Horizon Workrooms app which allows employees to collaborate and meet in the virtual world.
The metaverse platform helps employees to feel as if they are working in the same room.
• Microsoft has now begun to encourage its employees to use Mesh, a metaverse solution for its staff to meet and greet each other.
The idea is to get employees to socialize with each other even if they are not present in the same room.
What is stopping companies from creating metaverse offices?
Firstly, the trend seems to be limited to larger companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Accenture.
Smaller companies simply cannot afford to dabble with metaverse platforms until they are more accessible to their employees.
For instance, VR and AR headsets are quite expensive, and may not be affordable for every company to provide for
In addition, certain work processes may not be suitable for virtual situations, at least with the way one currently understands the metaverse.
Metaverse companies may
lead the way
Companies like Facebook, which currently lead the metaverse space, may lead the way and encourage others to get on board as well.
Many developers have begun to develop metaverse applications, especially on Decentraland and The Sandbox, making metaverse accessible to many individuals.
Progress in software development, accessibility of hardware, and examples of big corporations such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Accenture may encourage others to start working from the metaverse too.
In other words, the metaverse might just become one’s new office.