Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, many companies have been affected. In fact, many of them have decided to have their workers perform their responsibilities from home.
At Simlab IT, a company that provides professional virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality solutions, we want to claim VR (Virtual Reality) as a perfect option in addition to teleworking, becoming a real training alternative in the face of future crisis situations such as the one we have been experiencing in recent weeks.
Virtual Reality technology can recreate any type of environment, making it possible to generate virtual experiences very close to the physical reality of workers.
With a VR system it will be possible to allow a group of people to connect at a distance through virtual reality glasses.
In this way, through the technology, the teams can continue to be trained with the same closeness and environment as in their usual workplaces.
What benefits does Virtual Reality bring to business teams?
- It will allow for virtual training in a remote location, without the need for a worker or group to travel to a specific space
- Facilitates knowledge retention at the highest possible level as we retain 75% of what we experience
- Reduces the learning curve by avoiding unnecessary distractions
- It allows the manager to be in control of the entire experience
The VR is presented as a powerful tool for distance training in the corporate sector.
Working from home in a virtual reality office
Can you imagine being able to go to work without the need to dress formally, spend hours in traffic, and best of all: have a perfectly equipped office that doesn’t take up space at home? No, the idea didn’t come from an episode of Black Mirror; we owe it all to the famous virtual reality that companies like Apple and Google have been betting on fervently for the last few years.
Virtual reality, unlike augmented reality, consists of introducing the user to a different world, through 3D graphic design. While augmented reality is to observe the real world with virtual objects.
If we bring these technologies to the work environment the result is the offices of the future. Huge files will disappear, and employees will be able to literally manipulate documents with the help of glasses that combine virtual and augmented reality to recreate an office.
Now any worker or student could see normalized again their pace of work or study if they could have glasses that have the power to provide a completely artificial environment, thanks to virtual reality, and the ability to display virtual objects manipulable, thanks to augmented reality.
What makes this proposal more interesting is that other people will be able to see at a distance what the user of the application is doing, through a screen or monitor (without the need to use the glasses). This way, team work will be easier. And if the user so wishes, he can also send the virtual files to his mobile device.
The only factors involved in the expansion of this technological marvel are the price and weight of the glasses.
However, no one can deny the enormous usefulness they can have, not only in work environments, but also in education and even in medical fields.
Traditional videoconferencing is not as effective as physical meetings, since by not sharing a common space non-verbal communication is practically non-existent. “Virtual reality (VR) offers multiple solutions to maintain the activity of the company while minimizing health risks for employees”.
This technology allows the creation of interactive and ‘collaborative’ teleworking environments and is perfectly suited to the needs of any type of company,” he adds. “VR allows the creation of avatars of each of the attendees and they are transformed into shorter, less confusing and much more decisive meetings than video conferences, allowing everyone to interact on the same 3D content and avoiding 100% the risk of contagion”, he says.
Having a dedicated space
There are even those who advocate placing some green touches of plants or flowers, but above all, to have a space that can not mislead. Another aspect that many freelancers have always been concerned with is the work space. The ideal is to have a separate area within the home with all the furniture material according to the needs.
In other words, just like at your daily workplace: comfortable and ergonomic chair to spend many hours sitting, table at chest height, good lighting – preferably natural – and access to drinks to hydrate. At the same time, it is essential to have a robust internet connection according to the needs. If you work with specific software, technical departments can provide remote access or through virtualised services in order to maintain normality.
Experts recommend a number of steps to reduce the cyber risks associated with teleworking such as providing a virtual private network (VPN) for remote connection, protecting devices used at home, limiting functions to employees and avoiding responding to unsolicited messages at your workplace.