10 Ways VR Will Positively Affect Remote Teams
Our parents and grandparents used to go into the office every day to work. That’s just what they did. The “office” has evolved in the past several decades to include so much more. Now a days it can mean sipping a hot cappuccino at the local coffee shop, or even at home in your bed in your fuzzy pajamas. I have to say, I love working remotely when I can. It makes me love my job and I really do get a ton done when I’m in MY space.
This gradual redefining of work has been enabled by technology with project management software, instant message clients, and especially video conferencing, to name a few. While this has made remote work possible, there are some limitations to the work that can be done and some companies are moving away from allowing remote work. But does it have to?
The biggest problem that employers seem to have is not the remote work itself, but simply that collaboration is not as powerful remotely as it is in person. That could be true if all you do is have video conferences and chat. But virtual reality can overcome this limitation and not only make collaboration as powerful as in person, but more powerful as we integrate technology into that experience like never before. We believe that more and more employers should put on a VR headset and they will see that real remote collaboration is not only possible, but preferable.
Here is our use case for some of the things that VR is giving to remote teams.
1. VR Allows Us to Feel Connected
Virtual reality team meetings are not just pictures on a screen of your teammates, you get the feeling of PRESENCE while you are in the virtual space with them. When users go into a room together you get the same experience of users looking at you and talking with you. Anyone that has been in a VR room with someone else can attest that it really feels like you are together. Businesses can actually have their employees come into a virtual office just like a real office now, and you could all work in the same room and you will feel like you are together.
2. VR Provides Enhanced Visualization and Collaboration
If you want to share data across the world or across town, virtual reality offers this ability. Using enhanced visualization, virtual reality can allow you to share and view the same data your colleague is viewing with real-time updates. Picture this: You have a chart of last month’s social engagement up in front of you, making notes and drawing circles around important numbers. Your colleagues are looking at this from three different states and sharing their notes as well – all in real-time.
3. VR Increases Efficiency and Saves Time
As a company, it is important that tasks are completed, products shipped or services delivered in a timely manner – no matter who is in the office. One of the best parts in virtual reality is the ability for team members to check-in and get involved any time of day, anywhere, no matter the situation. This keeps everyone on task and your business running efficiently. As mobile VR devices become more powerful it is going to be easier for people to come into the office as well. On the road and need to do some quick work? Just pull over to the side of the road and put on your headset and you are in the office ready to work. Bam!
4. VR is Fun and Engaging
Okay, so this is one that I didn’t know I was going to write about, but VR is fun! Work feels more like a game than work. When you are not staring a computer screen all day, but instead have controllers in your hands it is engaging. You are constantly pointing and clicking and interacting all around you. Your head swivels from the left to the right. It feels more like a game than work. That old adage that when you do something that you love you never work a day in your life comes to mind. I am often pulled out of my work in VR by my wife for dinner. Time flies because we are having fun together.
5. VR Saves Money
Setting up an employee and maintaining an office is of course expensive. You have to set up desks, chairs, and it is almost required that every desk has at least 2 monitors and a desktop. With VR employers will be able to get a VR device and a user will be set to go… shoot, they will be better than good to go. They don’t have to pay for tolls and gas to go to work. They can have countless monitors and interact and work with everyone in the office with no overhead.
6. VR Gives Us the Ultimate Training Tools
If you could give your employees or colleagues the ultimate training seminar with hands-on learning for that new tech product, would you? Of course, you would. If you could train your new employees with processes they will actual use, would you? Yes. (If your answer isn’t yes, then something is wrong with you 😉) If you are working remotely, training can be an issue. Virtual reality gives us the ability to give and experience training tools otherwise not available. Your employees can train in a practice setting where mistakes can be made and lessons learned – all from their new desk. While not a remote company, Honeygrow, a healthy, fast-casual restaurant is a great example of using VR to train employees about food safety procedures. How could VR help to train your co-workers?
7. VR Opens New Doors for Talent
There is true talent all over the world, and when assembling your team aren’t you looking for the best of the best? Skilled designers in London or exceptional accountants in Dubai were previously out of your reach simply because of their distance. How could you possibly collaborate with a programmer in Tokyo without spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets? With virtual reality and remote work, you can connect with talent across the globe in virtual spaces just like you were going into the same office every day. This opens doors for new ventures as well as language and culture for your team and your business.
8. VR Allows Us to Interact with Each Other Quicker
You may not have the water cooler to hang out around (well, that could probably be arranged) but, you will have the ability to chat and interact with your colleagues just like you were there in person. In fact, in virtual reality you don’t have to waste time walking down the room, you can point at another use in the space, instantly transport to their side and talk with them like you are side by side.
9. VR Creates New Sales Opportunities
If you want to sell a product or service, many people think that face-to-face is the best approach. What if you could meet new people face-to-face without leaving your home office? With virtual reality, you can. This creates a huge opportunity to meet new prospects, introduce yourself and dive into your pitch as if you knocked on their door. Right now there are already community events and applications like AltVR where you can talk to people with shared interests at events. There are also public rooms in Bigscreen where you can meet (or create virtual meeting spaces) people with shared interests.
10. VR Allows for Growth
Whether you are a small business, an enterprise or a couple people spread across the states who work in their basements, we all need room to grow. Physical space can be hard to come by as we are making decisions towards more important things. And cash flow? It can pull a disappearing act at times. Virtual reality gives you the ability to have virtual space, where data and communication can continue to grow. If your meeting space is running out of chairs, your virtual realm will not.
It is a fact that remote work has already changed the way we work. And yet, virtual reality is going to change it even more. VR will create room for growth, more opportunity, better training and more to those who partake in the advancement.
As VR continues to spread and grow, give your company the benefit by trying this tech out. Success is “virtually” an absolute given.