The Metaverse, a place where the big tech companies and Wall Street are gearing up their ships to set sail into a virtual new world.
Forbes calls it the “future of society,” and we wholeheartedly agree. There’s nothing more exciting than the unknown.
Today, we’re going to look at 15 exciting reasons why the metaverse is the future of work.
While these reasons make this virtual expanse seem like the perfect world of tomorrow, it doesn’t come without its flaws, according to the Inquirer:
- The cost of setup
- Dizziness and headaches
- Limited technology
- Fear of big tech’s limitations
Of course, with the pros outweighing the cons, it’ll be easier to take care of the small stuff. For example, the Oculus technology has improved so much over the years to allow sitting for those who experience vertigo.
Now that we know that the metaverse is an ever-evolving beast ready to tackle any obstacle, we need to look at how the future of work belongs to the beast.
15. The Metaverse Is the Future of Collaboration
Companies scrambled the past couple of years during the height of a global pandemic to find ways to collaborate virtually. Studies on the barriers to collaboration only gave companies more of a reason to panic, believing they would never get past virtual limitations.
That’s where the metaverse comes in. Since this virtual space is always evolving, it’s always finding ways to get past these limitations. Companies offering asynchronous collaboration tools made strides in development to adapt to the times.
Virtual collaboration in the metaverse doesn’t only mean awkward video calls (we’ll go more into this later), it means technology that allows us to share our creativity as if we were right next to each other.
14. Businesses No Longer Have an Excuse to Avoid Remote Work
Apple, one of the innovative leaders of technology, still cannot grasp the concept of remote work as they engage in a never-ending battle with their own employees. It seems Tim Cook is grumbling in his office as he reluctantly allows the hybrid work model to continue.
The metaverse is moving forward, with or without big tech companies like Apple who don’t want to get with the times.
Unlike Facebook, a big company that embraced the virtual landscape so much, they even changed their name to reflect their newfound relationship with it.
Of course, now we know why many companies refuse to embrace change. Forbes believes one of the biggest excuses is they will no longer have a need for middle management.
However, with the virtual world ushering in new technology and tools for management, it’s all a matter of adapting instead of complaining.
13. Everything Is Cooler in Virtual Reality
Who remembers the joy of trying a virtual reality headset for the first time at a tech expo or big tech store? There’s nothing quite like the immersion that comes with forgetting our problems in the real world and living in a virtual world where we have no problems.
Of course, the only real problem right now is how goofy we look wearing one, but that’s a sacrifice we must make for virtual reality.
Virtual reality has evolved significantly Nintendo’s Virtual Boy was extremely uncomfortable, and Sega’s VR was injuring people.
Now, we’re simply walking by our coworkers in virtual offices looking like Roblox characters with real-life jobs. How cool is that?
12. Make More Out of Less Workspace
Speaking of 3D avatars, imagine if these 3D avatars had digital whiteboards?
As you can see, the evolution of the desk has improved significantly since we moved almost everything into two or three devices, but what if we took it a step forward?
That’s where the metaverse comes in. Imagine desks that are completely virtual as we sit together with coworkers and work on a project together while staring deeply into each other’s cold virtual eyes?
10. Increased Social Interactions at Work
No more awkward interactions in the hallway as your cup of coffee, hoping it would dissuade conversation. We shouldn’t say increased social interactions as much as we mean decreased awkward social interactions.
In some cases, you don’t even have to watch for body language or facial cues when interacting with coworkers in the metaverse.
Unless you’re using a program that relays our webcam feed, we’ll only see our 3D avatars that go relatively emotionless.
Imagine being frustrated over a client deadline, but you won’t show it as you walk down a virtual hallway because your 3D avatar is always smiling.
If anything, the metaverse will surely cut down on workplace conflict. We can’t hurt each other with smiling Roblox-looking characters, right?
9. Meetings With No Yawning
The traumatic flashbacks of putting on your best suit for your morning meeting only to spill your coffee on the way to work and sitting through an awkward meeting will finally be a thing of the past.
Now, you can sit in on the meetings in your pajamas while your 3D avatar sits there smiling with no change in emotion as the boss is discussing strategy.
“Wow Brad, I’m surprised how enthusiastic you are about this plan,” your boss tells your avatar that only smiles and doesn’t blink.
The whole time you’re juggling two kids in your arms while trying to take notes on a virtual notepad.
The metaverse is full of so many possibilities to improve your work-life balance, so you no longer need to yawn through more yawn-filled real-life meetings that could have been emails.
8. Fewer Meetings? Score!
Meetings were already covered, so why are we bringing this up again?
That’s a good question. Imagine the metaverse filled with asynchronous apps, such as Notion where tasks are assigned, workflow is optimized, and a middle manager doesn’t have to stand in front of a group of half-awake worker bees delegating work.
A virtual space where you have so many collaborative tools and remain in constant communication means you don’t need to have meetings at the end of the day to update the team on your project because they can see exactly what you’re up to.
Some asynchronous tools even have progress bars, so no one needs to inquire anymore.
7. Eliminate Real Estate Cost
Since access to the metaverse requires space smaller than a European water closet, then it makes sense that we’ll no longer need big real-estate offices to cram everyone into cubicles.
The average cost of constructing a conventional office building goes up to $150 per square foot, maybe more in some areas.
Even trying to rent a small commercial office building can set back small businesses about $25,000 a year.
Imagine being able to ditch the cost of commercial rent and discussion and only investing in tech equipment.
The metaverse saves businesses of all sizes the cost of real estate at the end of the day.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to companies still stuck on the old model of in-personal collaboration, but they’re learning quickly what happens when you don’t adapt: you lose personnel.
6. It’s Time to Ditch Zoom
While Zoom has done wonders for us during the pandemic, the metaverse is introducing more methods of communication and collaboration.
If Zoom doesn’t adapt to the times, then they’ll go the way of Skype in the early 2010s. This is a somewhat ironic revelation as Zoom was hailed as the Skype killer at one point in recent history.
As cool as Zoom was for its reliability during a global pandemic, it was mired with security issues. It also didn’t help that Bill Gates absolutely buried Zoom saying the metaverse will essentially make it obsolete.
If Zoom doesn’t learn from Skype and adapt, then it will get lost to the power of virtual reality.
5. Makes Tracking Easier
With the switch to remote work, managers have been looking for all the legal ways they can track their employees from home. Middle managers have found different tracking and monitoring apps short of slapping monitoring devices on their necks.
Fortunately, the prospects of the metaverse mean employers have an entire virtual world of their own to watch over. The virtual world can track employees without being too imposing and restricting their work.
Employees can enjoy a bit of freedom knowing they can work, collaborate, and get their job with an eye in the sky like The Truman Show.
4. Easier to Visualize Ideas
Remember going into an office with a sketch pad and trying to come up with ideas using only a pencil and paper? You would show your ideas to the creative authorities, and they couldn’t conceptualize what you were trying to do?
Now, with the metaverse in your hands. You have access to a virtual reality that you can bend to your will. Instead of trying to help your boss visualize your idea with your printed CAD sheet like the one above, you can create entire visual designs in the metaverse itself.
Even if you’re not a computer designer, you can do art, charts, and presentations using virtual whiteboards and other tools.
3. Increasing Work Morale
With all the innovation the metaverse has to offer that we’ve already mentioned, from fewer meetings to fun social interactions, everything only aims to increase worker morale.
Virtual reality is the future as growth up to 2028 looks significant. Employees are looking for more comprehensive means of communication outside current platforms limited in the metaverse, such as Zoom and Slack. VR collaboration keeps employees engaged, which will only have a positive effect on their morale.
2. Playing Games at Work? Oh, Yes!
Unless you’re in the gaming industry, chances are, you’re not actually going to spend most of your time playing video games at work.
However, a virtual experience with 3D avatars in a 3D conference room makes it feel like you’re playing a video game.
Maybe the future of the metaverse will include mini games to keep employees engaged? Those suffering from Zoom fatigue have turned to online gaming platforms to make meetings more interesting.
Managers and their employees can meet up to get business out of the way, and then do some morale-boosting activities with games they can play with their virtual avatars.
The metaverse truly affords almost endless opportunities to have a healthy mix of work and gaming.
1. Holograms Are the Future
Holograms were something we only thought possible decades ago in science fiction. However, it wasn’t Star Wars or science fiction that came up with the concept of holography, as it’s existed since the late 1940s.
Despite being around for a long-time, holograms are still considered a form of futurism, and the technology is only improving, despite some pushback.
One of the best examples we have of hologram technology is the current war between fans and concert organizers who use holograms to bring back dead singers for a performance.
One such application of hologram technology is Microsoft’s work with Holoportation. Holoportation uses holography with new technology to bring an entire 3D image of a person into a room, or even a moving vehicle.
Microsoft has already embraced the metaverse to bring hologram technology into mixed reality.
From entertainment and gaming to the healthcare industry, holograms are one of the more exciting applications of the metaverse for work.
Imagine a doctor being able to pull an organ out of the body to see injuries or diseases only using a hologram. Imagine pulling out a holographic board game to play with a coworker in the break room.
The metaverse is already here, and it’s exciting enough for big tech companies to play around in while the rest of the world catches up.
Once companies apply the metaverse to their businesses, then the possibilities are endless.