“I think, therefore I am.” Rene Descartes coined the phrase in the 17th century and it’s how we judge reality to this day. After all, no one wants to be in their own mind on a different planet. Staying in the here and now is the way forward, the way to progress and to be successful.
Or is it?
A few years ago, this would have been obvious, but technology has advanced since. In 2018, VR and AI are becoming as strong as the human brain. Stephen Hawking himself has stated the latter could be the plague which ends civilisation. With this revelation in mind, here are the reasons businesses should embrace the revolution.
A jam on the motorway isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. However, commuting is a major part of running a successful organisation because it costs time and money. Waiting around for cars to move is one reason, and a popular one at that, as to why employees are late. As soon as they are on the clock and waste time, they cost the company money. Telecommuting doesn’t require anyone to drive a car, hail a cab or book a plane ticket – employees interact via Skype. VR, therefore, is money and time-saver.
As a result of people working from home, there is no need to spend as much money in-house. Take energy bills as an example. With one hundred employees in the office, you will have to pay more for gas, electricity, and food. These are three examples but there are dozens more. By using a virtual office courtesy of yourvirtualofficelondon.co.uk or telecommuting, the costs should reduce by a large amount. After all, the office doesn’t need as much electricity to power computers if there is only a handful of people. Again, this is a money-spinner.
When you put hundreds of driven and competitive people in a room, there is bound to be friction. Humans want to win, and they will do whatever they can to gain the upper hand. Employers see this as a positive thing most of the time, but it can spill over. If it escalates, the atmosphere in the office can become toxic and hard for people to maintain a high standard. This is when quality and output drop like a lead balloon. Telecommuting means the alphas or the troublemakers – whichever term you prefer – are out of sight and out of mind. As a result, the workplace should be friendlier and conducive to productivity.
Rigid working hours mean there is only a certain amount of time to complete tasks. As and when problems arise, the normal business deadline can knock priorities out of whack. Usually, productivity takes a hit as everyone is concentrating on one issue rather than multitasking. VR software enables businesses to increase working hours as employees can complete tasks at home. Hopefully, this should solve the pandemic that is workers slacking off because they think no one is watching.
What do you prefer: VR or actual reality?