The article discusses how hybrid working has become the new normal with the transition from full-time in-office to remote work during lockdowns due to the pandemic. Many workers enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, leading employers to adopt the halfway solution of hybrid working to retain their employees. The article also discusses the future of workplaces, which is expected to be immersive environments like virtual reality workplaces. However, the older generation is hesitant due to privacy and surveillance concerns, while younger generations are willing to embrace the technology.
The article also delves into the engagement and connectedness aspect of metaverse workplaces, identifying video conferencing as the preferred communication tool but highlighting the imminent transition to virtual reality workplaces. The article further explores the skepticism of employees towards metaverse workplaces and the threats facing the adoption of the technology, such as security and privacy concerns, technology barriers, and trust in providers. The article concludes that transitions to metaverse workplaces are more complex than digital adoption and hybrid working, and it may take time before the technology becomes fully accessible.