employees fear being watched

With workplaces so dispersed and decentralized by the pandemic, the idea of ​​a metaverse office has emerged. This comes as a way for employees to share a virtual space, no matter where they are physically located. Some decided to dig deeper to see how well employees and employers are embracing the concept, interviewing 1,500 of them.

Less than 2% of respondents work in an environment metaverse. Only 6% of employees said they would prefer to work there. But 12% of employers they said they had space in mind for them future projects.

Overall, employers are more concerned metaverse office space (77%) than employees (57%). Employees who wouldn’t mind working in a virtual office said their interest was driven by:

  • Increased flexibility of working from home (45%)
  • An easier way to collaborate with colleagues (36%)
  • Increase in job opportunities (33%)
  • The ability to travel virtually (33%), more social interactions (32%)
  • The replacement of conference calling tools such as Enlarge (31%)
  • An infinite custom workspace (29%)
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the job market (25%)
  • Fewer barriers for people with physical limitations (24%)
  • The ability to create an avatar (24%)
  • Fewer trips (23%)
  • The ability to get paid in cryptocurrency (17%)

Employees’ primary concern regarding the metaverse is the privacy. A majority (63%) are concerned the access that employers would have to their data. Additionally, companies with more than 500 employees are more interested in the metaverse (87%) than companies with fewer than 500 employees (69%).

Employers say they would record meetings in a metaverse workplace

Employers say they would record meetings in a metaverse workplace

Regarding employee concerns about monitoring in a virtual workplace, these include monitoring on:

  • Real-time position (51%)
  • The screen in real time (50%)
  • Time tracking (47%)
  • Websites visited (42%)
  • Social interactions with others (41%)
  • Biometrics (40%)
  • Eye Tracking (33%)
  • Meeting recordings (31%)
  • Body movements (25%)

And the least we can say is this it is not paranoia. Indeed, employers said who would have recorded the meetings (42%) and follow the time (39%). They would check:

  • Real-time position (39%)
  • Screens (39%)
  • Websites visited (37%)
  • Social networks and interactions with others (33%)
  • App use and download (32%)
  • Biometrics (31%)
  • Movements of the eyes (24%) and body (23%).

Metaverse or not, many employees are already under surveillance. 79% of employers in companies with more than 500 employees admit it. 68% of companies with fewer than 500 people also recognize this.

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