There are a lot of ways for businesses to create a human-centered workplace.
For the employees to flourish, some strive to create low-stress work environments. Some establish a culture that accepts personality differences. Others incorporate mindfulness practices.
Now, the world uses virtual reality to make workplaces better. This may seem counter-intuitive, but there are instances which prove this to be true:
VR makes stronger social enterprises
A social enterprise makes use of commercial strategies to help local communities. By selling the goods and services from these groups of people, we give them a shot to a better life. We also give them the means to solve their social problems. (i.e. poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, hunger, housing etc.)
So, when social enterprises work, society profits.
For this kind of business to succeed, they need to strongly communicate to their audience. They need to tell their story, purpose, and mission in a way that triggers people’s emotions.
This is where virtual reality comes in. VR is the big step towards connecting with consumers in a more genuine way.
Social enterprises can use VR videos to bring people closer to their cause. Immersing them in the life of the beneficiaries reveals their compassionate sides. They begin to care.
This is the strategy of the game Virtual Village. Users get to see the life in a poor African village. They can donate exploring the community’s school, hospital, and residential areas. The money collected through their virtual reality experience goes to the community.
There has been an increasing number of social enterprises over the last decade. It also attracts a younger generation of workers who want a fulfilling job.
VR sparks socialization
We live in a digital world. We’re always focused on our mobile phones, connecting with other people online. But, the truth is, our digital world makes us feel alone and introverted.
With VR-powered office, people in the workplace can get social again. Virtual reality training can spark healthy professional relationships between employees. Being able to interact with another person improves their learning curve. And, their immersive VR training results in better information retention.
It’s also easier to bring together remote teams together using virtual reality. VR conference rooms enable an employee can sit and meet his/her teammates in the digital world. They can all work together and have a productive meeting even if they haven’t seen each other in person.
Similar systems can improve the relationship between C-suite executives and their employees. VR team meetings with the boss make the employees feel valued in the company. When employees feel great, productivity goes up, creativity thrives, and the business flourishes.
VR helps create a human-centered workplace
Because office design is a vital part of how we do our work, businesses need to plan it well. Virtual reality enables office designers to communicate better workplace designs to their clients.
This isn’t new. Today’s architects and designers already use VR tech to improve their services. It helps them design office spaces that resonate with the company and their vision. They use it to see what works and what doesn’t. They use it to present the proposed office design to the client too.
On a business person’s perspective, VR is the best way to understand the proposed design. They see the difference between open spaces and cubicles. They notice that open spaces are more relaxing and fit for socialization. Once they understand how design affects human productivity and interaction, they can make better choices for their business.