Virtual reality is a technology that we mainly associate with video games, an accessory that makes a digital world tangible. But it’s more than just a hobby – it’s a device that is also changing the world of work.
This is because virtual reality has multiple uses for businesses big and small, technical and old-fashioned jobs. Soon it will likely be part of your everyday life too. Here are seven ways it’s revolutionizing the modern workplace.
1. Jobs are created
For starters, the popularity of virtual reality is a boon to employment as a whole. More and more people are not just becoming developers, but with the improvement and diffusion of technology, there are more vacancies in the VR sector.
You also don’t have to be a computer science professional to deal with virtual reality. Everyone from marketing specialists to lawyers to business developers will no doubt be involved as technology becomes more and more common at work and at home.
2. It revolutionizes collaboration
Of course, you can consult with distant employees via email, instant message, or even video chat – but have you tried holding a meeting with VR? The possibilities are really endless in this regard.
Instead of taking employees from location to location – more on that later – you can show them a new construction project and its progress through VR. Or, you can use the technology to get designers from all over the world to craft, draw, and rework their creations in ways they have never been able to do before. Even a face-to-face conversation is more immediate, real and personal with VR.
3. The training is updated
Some jobs require very intensive training before employees are ready to complete the task at hand. In the past, this has put employers in a difficult position – how can you prepare someone for a challenging role without a newbie at the helm? VR is already changing that.
Virtual reality has revolutionized such specific things as ship captain and navigation. Training can now be done through VR, giving users full access to radios, autopilots, tracking and other controls they need to get a ship from point A to point B. This practice offers firsthand experiences that are informative enough to bring practitioners back to the wheel sooner rather than later.
4. It brings virtual employees into the office
We have already pointed out that VR is changing the way we work together – namely that employees from all over the world come together to turn projects from planning into reality. However, this technology also affects remote workers, whose duties usually isolate them from the rest of the team.
Now they can come to the office regularly for meetings, status updates, or feedback sessions. For a company with offices around the world, VR will make every conversation so much more personal. And when you enjoy who you work with, you are happier and, in turn, a better employee, so if VR improves communication, it can improve workplace performance.
5. It improves employee health
Sitting at a desk all day can be detrimental to a person’s health. Research has linked everything from slower metabolism to spinal injuries to depression and a sedentary lifestyle. But VR could be the answer to that problem.
For starters, VR allows employees to get up and move around while staying productive. You can collaborate and talk to your co-workers while sneaking in a bit of movement that they otherwise might not get. Or, companies may one day use technology to make work in the workplace easier for the body by making some controls virtual. These implementations are just the beginning when it comes to improving workforce health.
6. It changes the face of marketing
It’s a specific niche, but VR has a special impact on the marketing world. Now industry insiders need to consider how they can use the technology to improve the way they advertise their product or service. It’s also a powerful tool because it’s so impressive and gives potential buyers even more experience than traditional marketing methods.
Not every marketing firm has made this avenue a priority and that could be a huge mistake. If this is your industry, then become familiar with the types of VR that are available to consumers and think about how you can use them to your great advantage.
7. It reduces business travel
The only ones who will be unhappy about this are the airlines, which routinely fly business people from one office to another. VR enables employees to put on a headset or safety glasses and attend face-to-face meetings without having to board an airplane. Personal collaboration will be the same – the only difference is that no travel is required to achieve this. Jet lag, hotel fees, and expense reports will also be out of date.
The internet has completely revolutionized the way we work and play, but that was just the beginning. Virtual reality is on the way to reworking the way we work together, communicate and cut unnecessary business costs. In other words, you don’t want to miss out on this. So think about how you can make VR a part of your company’s day-to-day work and implement it right away. The time to go virtual is now.