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The approach of BenchSci to becoming a remote-first company and its use of immersive technologies in that process recognise that VR can be a means for relaxation as well as work

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➨ BenchSci is using VR to keep its employees connected after becoming a remote-first business
➨ Amid a hiring spree, the company invested in Meta Quest 2 headsets for each and every employee, to facilitate remote collaboration, innovation, and team-building, as well as provide them with an outlet to decompress and unwind
➨ For now, BenchSci’s employees use their Meta Quest headsets to socialise and play games with each other, although there is scope for the company to expand their use to include work meetings in the future

The story

Biomedical artificial intelligence company BenchSci is using virtual reality (VR) to keep its employees connected after becoming a remote-first business.

BenchSci, a rapidly growing company based in Toronto that recently closed a US$50 million series C round, became a remote-first business in August 2021.

Amid a hiring spree, the company invested in Meta Quest 2 headsets for each and every employee (at 230 members of staff, that is a significant outlay), to facilitate remote collaboration, innovation, and team-building, as well as provide them with an outlet to decompress and unwind.

Chief people officer Vanessa Ribreau told Toronto Life that BenchSci recognised the need to give its employees, who were experiencing the unrelenting pace of work at a hyper-growth startup, a means to relax.

“We were trying to think of a way for staff to blow off steam together,” Ribreau said.

For now, BenchSci’s employees use their Meta Quest headsets to socialise and play games with each other, although there is scope for the company to expand their use to include work meetings in the future.

BenchSci’s approach to becoming a remote-first company and its use of immersive technologies in that process are to be commended, recognising as it does that VR can be a means for relaxation as well as work.

It is also the latest member of a growing group of companies that is taking tentative steps to incorporate VR into their corporate culture. Accenture and commercial insurance broker hubb have also done so over the past year.

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