With a tourism industry devastated by the pandemic, virtual reality is becoming a substitute for travel.
■ Travel through virtual reality
The restrictions imposed by Covid-19 are sparking growing interest in virtual reality dives thanks to new applications, and the headset or console necessary for their operation.
Data on virtual reality travel usage is still limited, but their developers assure demand is exploding, like Cezara Windrem, creator of the Alcove VR platform at AARP Innovation Labs.
With a tourism industry devastated by the pandemic, virtual reality has become both a substitute for real-world travel and a complement for planning future trips. Everything is possible: a trip to Machu Picchu (Peru), in the tropical forests of Borneo, a “road trip” through the United States at the wheel of a convertible, a visit to the pyramids of Egypt then the Taj Mahal or the discovery of Antarctica by kayak.
Before the pandemic, virtual and augmented reality had started to appeal to tour operators and tourist offices, who saw it as a way to give a taste of the stays on offer. For customers, it’s a way to polish their trip, according to a report by research firm GlobalData.
■ HR teams “ultra-solicited” for a year
Health rules, massive teleworking, short-time working, remote negotiations … The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the “key role” but sometimes unrecognized of human resources (HR) teams and departments in companies or the public service .
Often discredited for their role in the implementation of restructuring and job cuts, HR teams have been “called upon non-stop for a year and have had to take into account people in all their dimensions”, notes Christophe Nguyen, specialist in prevention of psychosocial risks (burn-out, depression, suicides, etc.) in Paris.
“The HR profession is tired today,” confirms Audrey Richard, president of the National Association of Human Resources Directors (ANDRH) in France. “Since the start of this health crisis, the HRD is really on the front line. Everything comes to him head-on with the responsibility to go very, very fast “, but” it allows us to show other facets of our profession, in particular that we take care of employees, “she notes.
In 2020, the National Association of HRDs in France noted a “50% increase in calls” to its support telephone line compared to 2019, according to its president. HR teams are faced with “a quadruple crisis: health, economic, social, psychological”, she sums up.