How Emerging Tech is Changing the Way We Work: A Cautionary Tale of Hybrid
Updated: Jan 25
by Nick Boyd, MBA - HR & Talent Executive
In a recent article published in Harvard Magazine, titled: "Hybrid Work's Sweet Spot" Colleen Walsh argues that hybrid work (a mix of in-office and remote work) is the "sweet spot" for companies looking to maximize productivity and employee satisfaction. I do not disagree and the results from the study are highly encouraging. While there may be some truth to this claim, I would like to pose a different perspective on the use of immersive technology as a way to achieve similar results.
Immersive technology, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), has the potential to revolutionize the way we work by enabling us to collaborate and communicate in entirely new ways. Instead of simply relying on video calls and chat platforms, immersive technology allows us to create virtual spaces where we can interact with one another as if we were in the same physical location.
One of the major benefits of immersive technology is its ability to replicate the benefits of in-office work while still allowing employees to work remotely. For example, VR can be used to create virtual conference rooms where team members can meet face-to-face, share documents and presentations, and even whiteboard ideas together. Similarly, AR can be used to create virtual training sessions or workshops that allow employees to learn and collaborate in a more interactive and immersive way.
Of course, there are still many challenges to overcome when it comes to the widespread adoption of immersive technology in the workplace. There are technical hurdles to be addressed, such as the need for more powerful and user-friendly VR and AR devices, as well as cultural barriers that need to be overcome. However, I believe that the potential benefits of immersive technology far outweigh these challenges, and that it is worth considering as a viable alternative to hybrid work.
So while hybrid work may be a suitable solution for some companies, I believe that immersive technology has the potential to offer many of the same benefits while also allowing employees to work remotely. By embracing this technology, we can create a more flexible and productive workplace that truly meets the needs of today's workforce.