The concept of Web3.0 still feels unfathomable despite major advancements in technology society has made in recent years.
However, tech leaders believe that tools like augmented reality and the metaverse will transform the dynamic of the workplace — and employees seem to agree.
According to a new Meta survey of 2,000 employees and 400 business leaders, 69% of respondents want meetings to be more engaging and immersive, while 66% believe the metaverse can aid in this.
“From the new working models their people want to adopt, to the technologies and processes that’ll enable them to create engaged and productive teams, there’s no going back from the changes of the past few years,” the company wrote in the report.
While Meta has become the biggest proponent of the metaverse in recent years, supporting the drive towards a more immersive, virtual experience in the workplace is at the front of the company’s mind.
However, it’s not the concept alone that comes with its fair share of hurdles — the technology simply isn’t there yet.
Currently, virtual reality headsets like the Oculus are advanced, yet clunky to be used for a workday. Plus, many tech companies, including Meta, recently conducted unprecedented layoffs as they prepare for the incoming recession.
Still, the need for tools that support the future of work won’t disappear due to an economic downturn. Even the study shows that 60% of employees want VR headsets to be incorporated into the workforce by 2024.
“Once companies start using these devices in increasingly creative new ways—from human resources teams hosting more engaging onboarding and training sessions, to creatives being able to work on physical concepts or designs together, wherever they are—they will fast shift from a nice-to-have into an essential, especially for new talent,” said Ryan Cairn, Vice President of MetaWorks.