The virtual revolution has exploded into our home and workplace over the last 12 months. Thing we used to do in-person turned into digital and virtual formats overnight. Whether speaking with friends, hosting meetings or attending events, virtual technologies have become the new norm.
One year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic – and the influx of virtual demands – we now reach a critical stage. Individuals will either move in favour of virtual resources, or away from them.
After being subjected to using virtual tools without any warning or training, there has been many questions raised over the fatigue of such services. Have people had enough, or are they excited to discover more?
What’s the verdict?
The good news is, it appears virtual services are here to stay. Virtual tools have not only revolutionised areas of healthcare, education and business but they’ve helped increase inclusivity and learning capabilities too. They are enhancing so many aspects of our every day lives that they simply won’t go back in the box. But it is also recognised that perhaps humans still need more face-to-face interactions than they are currently getting, and there remain limitations to what can be achieved.
We suspect the term ‘hybrid’ to be the term for 2021. Where everything will be described as part virtual, part physical.
In the workplace, as highlighted here by Felicity Hannah at BBC Money, virtual technology could be set to rise quite considerably. Virtual reality headsets, for example, are looking to be incorporated into every day working lives.
Experts identify that there is a need for further development in these devices, but the need and desire for virtual interaction is there. And it’s not slowing down.
These VR headsets could develop engagement in meetings and tackle the Zoom fatigue. Creating your own avatar within a team meeting has been suggested to enhance that sense of ‘presence’.
Thanks to the coronavirus there are growing needs for technological solutions and new virtual tools are emerging to meet these needs. Particularly in sales, recruitment, training, open days, trade shows and events.
The next step will be for tech designers to expedite the usability of virtual tools; to meet the development of virtual service creators.
Over the next year we will see more sophisticated systems in the workplace. They will replace traditional training methods, colleague interaction and general meet ups.
Allowing more people to not only use the virtual tools, but enjoy them too!
Watch this space.