My VR Office Experiment: Day 25

Meeting in the “Abbey Road” Conference Room

Day 25 in the Virtual Office! Week 5 COMPLETE!

Total Time in VR: 2 hours and 37 minutes (across 4 VR sessions)

Use Cases: Team Meetings (38% – 1 hour), Focus Work (24% – 37 min), 1:1 Meetings (29 min), MiniMindfulness (19% – 30 min)

I started out today chatting with some co-workers about survey data that can lead to valuable metrics, as we continue our evaluation of VR as an office tool. It’s very important to not just gather qualitative data (how much did you like it?), but to also gather quantitative data (metrics driven by numbers!) I continue to use my working draft of a daily survey, but it will morph a little over the weekend into a better tool for Week 6. I am lucky to have people around me who share my vision. It’s a hard vision because it is not blind enthusiasm, nor is it biting skepticism. I believe we are approaching the “Metaverse Office” with a realism at the center. Figuring out how this tool can enhance our work, but making sure that regardless of how “cool” it is, the tool does not distract us from the real priorities. I think we’re on a good path.

Cup Half Empty: Frozen Avatars! During my first meeting today the two avatars in the room kept freezing. Sometimes for a couple seconds; sometimes for a couple minutes. It was pretty distracting for me. Thankfully it didn’t seem to be something impacting them, which leads me to wonder if the issue is headset based or WI-FI based. I might need to consider to designed experiments to test that theory in the future. Otherwise, the day was pretty bug free.

Cup Half Full: I spent less time in VR today, but the time I spent was a nice balance of solo, 1:1 and team meetings. It’s making me wonder more about the max amount of time the platform. Are half days realistic? I know I can handle those types of hours, but I am thinking beyond early adopters and beta testers. There is a number, and time will hopefully bring it into focus.


A shorter day in VR shows me that balance between use cases makes the day feel… well… balanced! I didn’t experience as many issues with bugs (of course less time in VR means less chances for bugs to reveal themselves). I feel pretty good with the week, after being away from the VR Office last week, and I’m excited to keep thing going in Week 6.

Watch for the Week 5 Weekly Wrap up this Sunday. Hopefully there will be another video posting Saturday evening as well, but it’s an ambitious thing I’m trying to do, and I’m a little nervous about how it’s going to go. Fingers crossed!

Till Tomorrow…


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