Feature Article

March 08, 2018

How to Cultivate a Transparent Workplace with VR

By Special Guest
Megan Harris, Correspondent

Transparency in the workplace is no longer optional. Today’s generation of workers now expect their employers and place of work to be open and honest about their business practices, compared to previous generations who were more focused on profit-driven incentives.

For businesses, big and small, this has meant learning to adjust to a new way of working, and that doesn’t just mean being open about how much money you are making, but rather, being willing to let both employees and customers be a part of their growth and development.

The recent integration of virtual reality in the workplace has been a step towards increasing professional transparency, in more ways than one. Whether you’re the head of a major corporation, or team leader at a small, emerging startups, here are a few ways that you can use virtual reality to create a more open and inspired workplace. 

Harness the power of freelance networks
It’s common practice today for businesses to work with freelance workers. While there are plenty of tools available that make it easy to connect with employees, such as Slack and Skype, it can be difficult to make sure that remote teams feel truly involved. Rather than simply connecting through a screen, virtual reality for remote workers can help increase a sense of connection, which will help to increase their sense of loyalty to the business as well as productivity.

Virtual reality can help you connect to customers
In a similar way that businesses can help their remote employees feel more connected, virtual reality can also help boost customer engagement.

By offering a fully immersive experience, consumers don’t just get a sense of the product or service being offered, they also get the opportunity to connect with your business. Consumers today respond well to companies that are willing to go the extra mile to give them an experience that caters to their needs. By using comprehensive data research to better understand your consumer and virtual reality models, you will have a strong chance to boost conversion rates in the long run.

Virtual Reality can transform the on-boarding process
On-boarding is an important part of creating a successful team. Without properly onboarding a new team member there can be issues in the future, such as miscommunication or lack of understanding regarding job description, and this can hinder productivity. Virtual reality may be the ideal option for helping employees quickly integrate. Virtual reality is being used to simulate training modules that allow new employees to complete tasks and exercises that will better prepare them for their new role.

While virtual reality in the workplace is still relatively new, it won't be long until every office will have their own headset. As companies start to make the transition from reality to virtual reality, it’s vital that they learn how to use this innovative technology to boost transparency.

About the author: Megan Harris is a business writer focused on productivity and new media. When not writing, she's working on her first novel. You may connect with her on Twitter




Edited by Ken Briodagh


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