Virtual Reality (VR) shapes up online-business meetings to the next level

As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, profound changes in working environments have been felt keenly by millions of people worldwide. Meanwhile, these changes are likely to become a catalyst to existing long-term working trends, with more employees working remotely and working from home becoming more prevalent, and teams working remotely spanning from different countries around the globe.

However, online business meetings are now a regular part of both personal and professional life. with the widespread availability of user-friendly, affordable, and reliable platforms like Google meet and Zoom; video conferencing is a convenient way for people to connect to colleagues-workplaces and remote workers, Online business meetings also contribute to companies functioning in a more environmentally friendly way by reducing unnecessary staff travel and therefore off-setting a company’s carbon footprint, both locally and globally.

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As immersive hardware becomes more widely available and affordable, coupled with advances in software technology, virtual reality (VR) has tangible and demonstrable business benefits, from helping to improve productivity, to connect with employees, clients, and customers in new and unique ways, whilst also ensuring that businesses are employing the right people, with the right skills. However, virtual reality (VR) helps to shape up online-business meetings to the next level by as follows:

To Improve Work Experience of Employees:

Usually, conventional business meeting locks participants into a 2D screen in order to create a passive environment which has more in common with television than the regular boardroom and other meeting spaces.

VR has the power to bring meetings alive within a 3D space in order to ensure participants the freedom to move around and interact naturally. Moreover, attendees can act and react as they would if they were holding a traditional meeting in a physical space by adding 3D interactivity. VR allows participants to move around and look where they want to, as well as picking up on non-verbal signals and gestures as well.

Collaboration of VR Platforms:

Virtual reality and 3D modelling are truly a perfect match. Digital versions of colleagues can be brought to life and also, digital content such as collaborative documents and models can be introduced into the VR meetings too.

Meetings on VR collaboration platforms can become more visually appealed and action-focused.  3D models can be introduced and scrutinized by colleagues who are brought together in a common virtual space for simultaneous working, no matter where they are located.

Real-time changes in the VR meeting can be made in an instant. This can significantly improve and speed up prototyping, bringing designs to digital life, and allowing colleagues and various departments to collectively scrutinize every aspect in meticulous detail.

To Create Bespoke Virtual Meeting Spaces:

The sky’s the limit for a virtual reality meeting space. It ensures creating bespoke virtual meeting spaces as well. However, VR platforms ensure the chance to create meeting spaces that reflect and enhance the tone and agenda of any sort of meeting.

To Improve Productivity of Meetings:

VR has the ability to improve the productivity of meetings. It takes a participant fully out of their physical space and helps to minimize interruptions and ensure smoothness of meeting, thus it helps to increase the focus of the attendee and they will not be distracted by calls, outside noise or any other thing that exists nearby.

The Future of VR Based Online-Business Meetings:

The Covid-19 era has accelerated the uptake of teams working remotely out of necessity, rather than design. This in turn has led companies to seek new ways to improve operations during these challenging times, offering a blueprint for future working practices.

Immersive technology is developing year on year and virtual reality is becoming a viable alternative to online meetings.

In brief, virtual reality-based solutions have the potential to keep colleagues, business stakeholders, and clients connected in new and exciting ways holding meetings in VR and staying ahead of the game by offering unique and visually engaging ways to meet and work together – both now and in the years to come.

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Ashik Ul Haque is a journalist, digital entrepreneur, IT analyst, e-Business strategist, author, and researcher. He pursued a master's degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh. He is the founder and CEO of VirtuStaffs, a leading IT/ITES service provider. Besides professional attachment, he loves traveling, volunteering, research, and social networking.
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