Work from home or. you can’t imagine working remotely without tools like Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom. Audi, however, recognized certain limitations of such virtual, communication platforms and decided to build its 3D virtual world – “Audi spaces”.
One of the main limitations of virtual communication is undoubtedly the lack of personal contact. Audi has developed a 3D world for its employees – “Audi spaces” – that mimics a real work environment. Employees communicate, learn and work with co-workers through their own avatar – in real time. Audi has made sure that the avatars are not completely “empty” digital puppets, but are capable of interaction, gesture and mutual communication that is quite reminiscent of that in the physical world.
“With the help of Audi spaces, we offer our employees a tool that supports their work in a world that is very dynamic and increasingly complex. With this tool we can work across different teams, departments and countries. In this way, we also contribute to Audi’s digital transformation, “she said Sabine Maassen, Member of the Management Board of Audi, responsible for Human Resources Management.
Audi is in press release wrote that the tool “Audi spaces” is useful for different ways of working, and employees can socialize more relaxed in the virtual world. As they report themselves, working in the virtual world is less tiring than using virtual conferences. Audi finds that “Audi spaces” improves the quality of collaboration between teams and increases the sense of community – the tool is available to all employees around the world.
“Thanks to the integration into our existing IT and media infrastructure, “Audi spaces” are available to all employees as well as external business partners. We, the project team, are very proud that the tool has taken hold so quickly and new usage scenarios are being added practically every day. More than 4,000 employees attend over 200 events each month at Audi spaces, “he says Patrick Zöbisch, project manager for “Audi spaces”.
A new dimension of distance education
“Audi spaces” provides new ways of educating employees: it is not just about meetings, but also conceptually and methodologically planned trainings carried out within the Audi Academy. Trainings, workshops, “coaching” meetings and various other forms of knowledge transfer are thus carried out in a way that is quite close to the physical world. Not only are remote employees safer from the spread of infections, money and resource savings are also noticeable.
Virtual communication is still growing during a pandemic
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed in October last year that Microsoft Teams has 115 million daily active users, a 50 percent increase over the year before the pandemic. Zoom’s revenue grew by 355% in September last year compared to the same period in 2019.
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