While the COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on so many different areas of our lives, one of the biggest was shifting the way many people work. Companies who have operated the same way for decades suddenly had to pivot from everything they knew.
As a result, many workplaces have adopted a hybrid remote work model, with some people working from the office and others working remotely on designated days. The challenge here is keeping remote teammates engaged with those in the office and each other, to ensure productivity and collaboration levels remain high.
Implementing Audio Visual and Video Conferencing technology is the best way to achieve a successful hybrid remote workspace — if done correctly. Here are tips for how to implement AV/VC technology into your hybrid organization for best results.
Replace short-term AV solutions
When organizations were given mere hours to prepare for remote work, it made sense to choose whatever systems could be implemented quickly. After all, we all assumed this would be a short-term situation.
Now that we know COVID-19 is a long-term situation and many organizations have adopted permanent hybrid policies, it’s time to replace short-term AV solutions. With the help of an AV integrator, you can upgrade networks, bandwidths, cameras and microphones, and software needed for video conferencing. That way you can equip your teams with permanent, high-quality solutions that will perform their best, allowing your team to do the same.
Provide connectivity solutions
A major component of a successful hybrid work solution is a smooth transition between remote and in-office work. You’ll want to make it as simple as possible for people to switch between the two in order to get best results in both locations. For example, a laptop docking station can help save time between setting up and breaking down setups in the office, while allowing them to utilize the same equipment and be comfortable.
Elevate the meeting experience
Gartner reports that by 2024, only 25% of meetings will happen fully in person. Since most people will be taking meetings primarily via video conferencing, you can implement technology that elevates the meeting experience with microphones and cameras that mimic the in-person experience.
You also should consider meeting spaces that allow individuals to use their preferred meeting platforms for best user experiences. These are referred to as “open rooms,” being equipped with a simple and seamless setup utilizing umbrella equipment — that way, all teammates, clients, partners, etc. can join easily and have a productive meeting.
So what’s the secret to implementing all of these successfully? Well, it’s not really a secret. Rather, it’s having the right AV integrator by your side to develop the options that will work best in your new hybrid workspace. IVCi has been doing that for organizations for years, but especially since the pandemic has put a new emphasis on AV technology. Our team is ready to design, implement, and support a full AV system and make sure your team has the skills to make the most of it.