Who doesn’t like working from home? You get rid of the commute, as well as the awkward chit-chat with your coworkers. You can also be productive for longer. What was made a necessity by the pandemic has been turned into a proper movement by the new workforce. After all, as long as the work is being done, it shouldn’t matter where the employee is.
Companies are getting on this too. Many companies are shifting to a fully remote model. Cutting down on rent costs, as well as other logistics and management costs. But imagine a scenario where you’re working from home but it feels like working in the real office. The complete real deal!
Introducing working in the metaverse. A concept that is still in its early stages but is not far from reality at all! Virtual work environments have the potential to minimize distance and yet keep productivity high. Research and trials on the benefits of working in the metaverse are well underway, but amidst the progress, ExpressVPN’s study on the metaverse workspace suggests growing fears with the virtual world.
Pros And Cons Of Working In The Metaverse
As with new technology, there are a lot of pros and cons. If your work demands you to spend excessive amounts of time online, there are tips to ensure you have the best experience because, as you might have guessed, you may run into complex issues. When it comes to technology, the Metaverse is on the forefront. Here we examine some of the pros and cons according to a recent study which suggests that employers are less interested to work in the metaverse compared to their employees. Is the skepticism by employees valid or not, only time will tell. Currently, companies like Meta are pumping billions of dollars into making the Metaverse as practical as possible. It’s too soon to dismiss the metaverse so let’s take a balanced look at its pros and cons.
Pros – Increased Work From Home Flexibility
One of the pros of working in the metaverse is the increase in the flexibility to work from home. As employees get closer and become engaged with each other, they are more likely to produce good results. Productivity is one of the biggest driving criteria behind switching to the metaverse working model.
Pros – Easier Collaboration On Projects
The one thing employers as well as employees are most excited about is easier collaboration on projects. As companies allow employees to work remotely, the opportunity to all gather in the same place to discuss ideas has become less common. Yes, there are a plethora of helpful tools to enhance productivity, but the Metaverse has the potential to reach new heights of collaboration in a remote work environment.
Pros – Better Social Interactions
As collaboration increases, people are more likely to be open to one another. It has become boring to have interactions on Zoom. The conversations are often unidirectional and two-dimensional. An interactive social interaction will lead to healthier conditions for the employees. With smaller companies, the difference in better social interactions will be even more palpable.
Cons – Collection Of Data By The Employer
It’s not all roses and sunshine though. Employees have reported that they are worried about uninterrupted data collection by their employers. Since tethering yourself to the metaverse would require quite a lot of data to be shared, employees are worried, this would mean that their employers would collect a lot of their data. Employee monitoring is nothing new and in some sectors this has been the norm for some time. Nevertheless, a high amount, more than half of the employees currently surveyed (63%), reported apprehensions about data collection.
Cons – Surveillance By The Employer
Just like data collection, another major apprehension of the employees is surveillance. Most employers tend to take the last part of the “work from home” phrase quite seriously. Insisting that the employees should be working only from Home. Employees on the other hand want to use their flexibility to be able to work from anywhere. If employers choose to track the real-time locations of their employees, the metaverse is going to turn into a prison soon.
Cons – Easy Adaptation By The Younger Generation
Adapting to technology isn’t for everyone. There will always be early adapters and then there will be laggards. There is a fear among ‘older’ employees that they will not be able to adapt or there will be a steeper learning curve as compared to their younger peers. This can be mitigated by employers by slowly integrating the metaverse working space. But real-world implications still remain to be seen in small-scale as well as large-scale companies.
Metaverse is the future no doubt, but a practical and acceptable way to introduce it in the workspace needs to be found. It would be counterintuitive to jump the gun if most of the employees end up feeling marginalized by the change in technology!