Avatars In The Working Environment

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<ul><li> 1. Avatars in the Working Environment</li></ul> <p> 2. Avatar - Definition </p> <ul><li>There are many definitions of the word avatar: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>An Avatar is Divinity taking a human form.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Avatar is a character that you can personalize and use when interacting with friends online, creating your own unique persona. </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 3. Important </p> <ul><li>Thousands of real-world employees are beginning to use avatars as part of their regular jobs.</li></ul> <ul><li>There are many companies that have been using Avatars to deal with customers and internal matters: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>IBM, Accenture, Cisco, State Farm, Intel, BP and Wells Fargo. </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 4. Avatar Main Activities </p> <ul><li>Employees are logging into virtual worlds and use avatars to: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Brainstorm with colleagues,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Recruit employees,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Sell to customers,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Attend leadership training,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Manage programs, direct operation centers,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>And collaborate with company groups around the world.</li></ul></li></ul> <p> 5. Avatar - 2011 </p> <ul><li>The Gartner Group predicts that 80% of us will use an avatar at work by the end of 2011.</li></ul> <p> 6. Avatar Benefits </p> <ul><li>They're practical: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>It's easier, cheaper, greener, and healthier to meet people in a virtual world than it is to fly, drive and host a live meeting where people meet face to face. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Document sharing and all forms of AV as well as tracking methods, create a richer, more interesting environment with contextual clues about who's interested and who's paying attention.</li></ul></li></ul> <p> 7. Avatar Benefits </p> <ul><li>You can do things with avatars that you can't do in the real world: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>You can customize your avatar by picking your appearance, role, personality, size, gender and race; you can have total control over its movements. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Puppeteering an avatar is a whole lot of fun.</li></ul></li></ul> <p> 8. Avatar Benefits </p> <ul><li>People become more interested: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>As a result of this intensity, avatars create the emotional and social connections necessary for the most valuable business conversations. </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 9. Avatar Problems </p> <ul><li>Using Avatars can offer some problems since it creates an imaginary world with characters that don't exist. </li></ul> <ul><li>It can develop an Internet Addiction Disorder with amajor impact on our mental health (obsession). </li></ul> <p> 10. Avatar Problems </p> <ul><li>It can interfere in our everyday life and decision-making when facing the real world. </li></ul> <ul><li>It can give up or reduce important family, social, occupational, or recreational activities in duration because the user can get out of his imaginary and fun world. </li></ul> <ul><li>Feeling of incapacity to deal with real life problems. </li></ul> <p> 11. Avatar Conclusion </p> <ul><li>The sense of engagement that avatars can create will be valuable as companies seek new ways to design work that is compelling and purposeful. </li></ul> <ul><li>Avatars generate a kind of fun that isn't the opposite of work it's a reason that people will engage their work. </li></ul> <p> 12. Avatar Conclusion </p> <ul><li>But we need to be always aware of the many differences betweenNeverlandand our Real World. </li></ul> <p> 13. Lico Reis Consultoria&amp; Lnguas Roberto Lico Reis www.licoreis.com [email_address] E-books: www.migre.me/oQ5 Linkedin: www.migre.me/1d9r Twitter: @licoreis </p>