The enterprise metaverse: the next big opportunity for workplace resilience?

Published: Tuesday, 18 January 2022 10:18

Just as businesses are starting to find their groove with hybrid working, workplace resilience has begun to evolve again with the emergence of the metaverse. The metaverse is primarily defined as a shared digital space with digital representations of people, places, and objects. In the future, the metaverse could be a highly immersive extension of the physical world, with its rich user interface. At the enterprise level, this opens up possibilities for businesses to create a new, resilient, interactive workplace.

New survey-based research from Lenovo reveals that close to half of employees (44 percent) are willing to work in the metaverse. However, there is doubt about whether companies have the capabilities to pull it off. Two in five (43 percent) respondents believe their employers do not, or probably do not have the knowledge or expertise to enable them to work in the metaverse of the future.

Ken Wong, President, Lenovo Solutions and Services Group: “The pandemic challenged us all to adapt to new ways of work – forcing organizations of all sizes to evolve at an exponential pace. The metaverse presents businesses with new opportunities but also more complex technological challenges, such as the need for more computing power, better integrated hardware, and simpler and more flexible IT solutions.”

Key findings from the survey include: