This study examined the use and obstacles to adopting Virtual Reality (VR) as a substitute workspace.
The use of Virtual Reality (VR) for socializing is becoming more popular, and due to the pandemic, it is also being considered as an alternative for remote work. A study was conducted to examine the use of VR for large-scale knowledge development events (such as conferences), and to identify any obstacles to adoption. The study involved observations of VR and videoconferencing events, interviews with organizers and participants, and a participant survey. The study found that there were no significant technological barriers to the quality of events in VR compared to traditional remote collaboration methods. VR offers benefits such as non-verbal communication and immersion but has limitations such as a lack of facial expressions. New communication agreements and getting accustomed to new technology are still needed to make the VR an attractive alternative work environment.