HR Tech Update: The Metaverse and its workforce potential

HR TECH: The gaps between the virtual world and the real world have gradually become more discernible. One of the areas that the Metaverse aims to address is to provide a rich ecosystem for connection, collaboration, and communication.

With its deep multimodal interaction (virtual avatars, immersive video, spatial audio, and more), the Metaverse aims to augment one's working experience. It opens the floodgates to interactive possibilities that some may have never imagined before, such as having a coffee session among work peers located in various time zones.


A fully immersive experience can help accelerate the work pace and achieve better retention of even some complex job concepts.


Aside from that, the technology can also cut the procurement cost of equipment for training and other HR purposes. A good example of the Metaverse application is when undergoing hazardous training on-the-job, such as firefighting techniques. Doctors can now practice complex surgeries on mock-up patients and perfect the procedure. Without undertaking life-threatening risks, trainees and trainers can accomplish this with the Metaverse.


On the other hand, mature learners in a corporate setup and those participating in learning programmes will likely manage their learning experiences effectively, which leads to excellence in their day-to-day output and, eventually, careers.


To add to that, IT professionals and other industry workers can remotely benefit from the Metaverse without dislocation of workers or damage to the resources. This could happen in configuring embedded devices, setting up complex networks, creating virtual economies, and operating sophisticated automotive equipment.


There is a lot more to the Metaverse that engineers are looking into. One of which is integrating haptics with it. This means that new dimensions to simulations can be applied in the domains of automotive, electronics, biomedical engineering, and so much more.


The Metaverse and its mixed reality capabilities can evolve the learning experience to a higher level. It is a potent HR driver in terms of equity and accessibility in upskilling and other programmes for professionals.


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