AR and VR technology poised to transform the workplace

Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies have gained considerable steam in recent years. In fact, the market for these innovations is expected to surpass $162 billion within the next three years, according to research from the International Data Corporation. While consumer-grade AR and VR equipment is driving much of this growth, enterprises are slowly catching on to the trend and integrating these advanced fixtures into the workplace, according to Gartner.

"Business use cases are broad. In coming years, field service workers, those who maintain utilities, infrastructure, machines and equipment, will benefit because their work is often hands-­busy tasks," Brian Blau, vice president of research for Gartner, explained. "An AR headset can provide visual overlays of diagrams, complex instructions, event recording or enable see-­what-­I-­see remote collaboration. Using AR can improve workforce productivity by removing time-­wasting behaviors or improving the efficiency of tasks."

While these new operational opportunities certainly sound exciting, many organizations might find it difficult to embrace such groundbreaking technology in a meaningful way. Additionally, the complications that come with adopting cutting-edge enterprise technology can overwhelm operational staff and other key internal stakeholders. What can businesses do to prepare for the forthcoming enterprise AR/VR revolution? Lean on executive leadership.

"Enterprises are slowly integrating AR/VR devices into the workplace."

It all starts with the chief operations officer. These individuals must have the awareness and managerial courage required to move forward with potentially transformative technology. Chief information officers should follow suit, working with their technical specialists to develop workable deployment plans that correlate to actionable business goals. Of course, chief human resources officers also play essential roles, creating workplace policies that ensure safe system usage and training programs that equip end users with the tools they need to take advantage of enterprise AR/VR, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

With leaders like this in place, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of these innovative new devices and catalyze sustainable growth. Firms lacking the forward-thinking C-level leaders needed to embrace revolutionary enterprise technology should consider making changes. YES Partners can help. Our recruitment consultants can connect you with candidates who are willing to embrace exciting new technology in the name of growth.

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