Meta’s New VR Headsets & Algobosses Signal Digital Workforce Changes

The Bridge: The world of work is getting weirder, and is showing no signs of returning to normal anytime soon. As Gen Z prepares to leave home or college, they’re entering into uncharted territory where the workforce is concerned. So what kind of wackiness is unfolding inside the corporate machine?


So your kid is out of school and has landed first job. They’re nervous, but they’re enthusiastic and ready to get started. On their first day, they’re introduced to their boss – who happens to be a computer program, whirring away in the background while everyone in the office is hard at work, hoping not to be fired by the indiscriminate machine.

This sort of nightmare scenario is no longer a distant, sci-fi possibility. It’s happening now, and has (no surprises here) seen disastrous consequences already.

 No Rest for the WFH

Okay, so maybe your Gen Zer isn’t feeling the in-office vibe. They decide to join the droves of permanent WFH (work from home) employees. They’re even feeling pretty good about it – they have schedule flexibility, get to sleep in a little, and even get to work in their jammies. What could possibly be the downside?

Well, some companies have some dubiously ethical demands – like keeping your webcam on for nine hours a day, or engaging in bait-and-switch tactics to get their workers into the office despite the promise of a totally remote position.

Yikes. Surely there must be some good news in the realm of WFH careers?

Enter Big Tech – specifically, Meta.

The company is envisioning total immersion of future employees using a VR headset that turns your home into a virtual office. Price tag? $1,500 bucks. Will it catch on?


The interesting detail here is that despite many people returning to the workplace following the pandemic, some very significant names in technology are betting big on the future of the work from home market. We’ll see where it goes!

digital IRL // freepik x J. Santana

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