An effective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy is an essential part of people management. As well as legal compliance, it also delivers a number of key benefits. Studies by the International Labour Organization (ILO)1 have highlighted that embracing diversity in the workplace significantly enhances innovation, productivity, and employee engagement. In addition, according to a report by Deloitte 2, companies that prioritise diversity and inclusion are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors.
However, traditional training and inclusivity initiatives often fall short due to a lack of engagement or real-world application. This is where the metaverse emerges as a game-changer. Studies have shown that immersive experiences in the metaverse can lead to an 80% increase in retention compared to traditional methods.3
So, how can the metaverse support organisations as part of their EDI strategy?
In this immersive digital space, individuals transcend physical limitations, enabling them to connect, collaborate, and learn in unprecedented ways. The appeal lies in its ability to create an inclusive environment where employees from diverse backgrounds can engage on an equal footing, fostering empathy and understanding.
Imagine an interactive learning scenario within the metaverse where employees actively engage in diversity training. Through realistic simulations and scenarios, individuals can immerse themselves in experiences that encourage empathy, challenge biases, and inspire inclusive behaviours.
Research by Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab 4 indicates that immersive experiences in virtual environments can profoundly influence attitudes and behaviours. In the context of diversity training, individuals are more likely to retain and apply their learning when they actively participate and emotionally connect with the content.
The metaverse holds endless potential for storing and sharing information in a wide range of formats, from simple videos and PDFs to more complex augmented reality and immersive learning.
Having one central source of information that can be easily updated keeps the latest information at everyone’s fingertips. This helps regulatory compliance as well as organisational readiness.
The safety of working and storing information in the metaverse is often seen as a barrier to entry. However, using a stand-alone metaverse developed for your organisation will ensure the security of your information.
You can also consider putting guidelines in place to support your employees when using your metaverse to keep the space safe for everyone to use.
For your EDI metaverse to have a positive impact, it should be available to everyone within your organisation. Technical barriers and resistance to new forms of learning can be overcome.
When you are creating your own metaverse, it can be developed to be accessible through desktops, laptops and tablets, giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy this immersive environment.
Easy-to-understand instructions and training on how to use the metaverse and access information should also be provided.
The metaverse presents an unparalleled opportunity to transform how we approach EDI within organisations. By leveraging immersive technology for training and creating inclusive environments, we can catalyse the positive change in EDI.
At mXreality, we’re committed to pioneering innovative solutions that harness the power of the metaverse. We’ve collaborated on projects that celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion, providing education and information for metaverse users.
Talk to our team today about how we use the metaverse to have a positive impact on your EDI strategy
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