Crypto, blockchain, NFTs and the metaverse are all real buzzwords in and out of the tech industry right now. But what is the metaverse? And can we use a metaverse workplace to solve problems we experience when working remotely?
The metaverse is predicted to be the last evolution of the internet. It provides us with endless opportunities and possibilities. Interact with others, learn and work all in a digital world.
What is the metaverse?
Although the metaverse is currently experiencing real traction, it’s not a new idea. The metaverse originated in the 1992 book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. The metaverse is a highly immersive virtual world where people can work, play and socialise. The interlinked 3D virtual worlds are focused on social connection through the use of virtual reality, augmented reality and game engines. Although there are ambitious plans, there isn’t actually a consensus on what the metaverse could look like. PixelMax has been working on developing an enterprise version of the metaverse that makes work enjoyable for employees and where virtual creates a better reality.
Think of Roblox, Minecraft and Fortnite. They all have elements of the metaverse within them, and people love to spend endless hours on these games. It’s the cutting edge of a new reality for us all. It’s predicted to be as transformative as previous ground-breaking technologies - take the internet, smartphones and fax machines as examples. The metaverse blends the best of the working world and the best of the gaming world to create the ultimate immersive experience for employees.
How will the metaverse workplace impact how we work?
Our recent thought leadership paper titled The Virtual Workplace: Enter the Metaverse explains how the metaverse will change hybrid working forever. The technology will be used to allow us to connect, collaborate and co-create in real-time. Employees will be able to work to the best of their ability no matter where they are based. Communication is simplified in a Virtual Workplace. There are multiple options for meetings, and avatars are used to represent you and communicate with your colleagues.
A Virtual Workplace will work harmoniously with the physical office. The Virtual Workplace is an area for all staff to enjoy and collaborate, no matter where they are based. The Virtual Workplace creates an immersive experience that is consistent and enjoyable for employees. Design the office space to represent your company and values and uphold a positive atmosphere. Add wellness areas to make employee well-being initiatives suitable for hybrid work. Gather feedback via always-on surveys and polls to capture employee thoughts and understand the teams’ perspectives.
Some main features include of the Virtual Workplace include
A bespoke branded immersive workplace
In-platform video conferencing
3rd Party App Integrations
Live streaming capabilities
Personalised and shared office spaces
Pre-selected Avatar choices - walk up to a colleague and start a conversation via voice chat!
Encourage interactivity with a comments wall and polls
In our thought leadership piece, we explore how and why the early tech heroes that made widespread homeworking a possibility soon became the villains. As ‘Zoom fatigue’ became a common feature in employees, it was easy to conclude these pre-pandemic platforms didn’t quite hit the mark as the long-term solution.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has spoken about his desire to expand Facebook into the metaverse and has renamed the parent company Meta. The metaverse has been explored by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and venture capitalist Matthew Ball (ex-Head of Strategy at Amazon Studios). These top business leaders have seen the potential of the metaverse and are willing to get involved in this cutting edge technology. Remote work has changed how we work forever, and the Virtual Workplace as a metaverse is going to unlock even more potential. The metaverse is likely to be the successor of the internet, with social media, e-commerce, gaming, productivity, collaboration and conferencing tools and remote, hybrid, and in-person workers connected in one place. The time is now for businesses to get involved and adopt metaverse technologies such as the Virtual Workplace. The correct adoption of this technology will assist employers to attract and retain some of the best talent in the industry!
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