#7 Hybrid working is here to stay
After remote working during the corona crisis, hybrid working has been booming since 2021/2022, with employees working part of the week at home and the other part of the week in the office. By 2022, Accenture research shows, only 36 percent of employees worked entirely in the office. When team members work from different locations, a digital workplace ensures they have the right tools and technologies to collaborate and communicate with each other – regardless of their location and device.
#8 Metaverse for new business opportunities
The metaverse is a virtual 3D world. It acts as an entrance to many online activities and at the same time supports many real-world (business) activities. Within the metaverse, users are all about creating, sharing and interacting with content. The metaverse is the next big thing, if Big Tech is to be believed.
Time will tell whether this will really be the case, in any case it is clear that there are already interesting metaverse applications for companies. A well-known example is Mesh for Microsoft Teams. With it, team members can come together and have the same experiences in a metaverse environment, from any device and via mixed reality applications.
Are metaverse applications integrated within the digital workplace? If so, this can have a lot of added value for organisations. The main benefit is that new, so-called ‘immersive’ opportunities arise for networking, business interactions, collaboration and communication. But think also of virtual training sessions, product presentations and trade shows.
Not only can the metaverse help save (travel) costs and train employees better. It can also ensure more intense relationships with customers and business associates by offering them attractive, interactive experiences.