When it comes to creating a collaborative culture at scale, three categories of technology are critical.
Streamlined Systems and Software Mean Clear Collaboration
Simplicity is key when it comes to effective videoconferencing. Despite significant advancements over the past few years, however, technology deployment remains a stumbling block for many organizations.
To reduce friction in remote and in-office meetings, it’s critical for companies to find the combination of conferencing software and systems that best supports communication objectives. On the software side, solutions such as Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex offer potential benefits, but end-to-end support is also critical.
Friction undercuts function. That’s why the right combination of software and videoconferencing systems can help streamline meetings and reduce wasted time.
High-Quality Cameras, Screens Are Vital for Video Meetings
The right cameras make all the difference for effective meetings. While clear audio connections are critical to understanding the content of meetings, video provides context; body language and facial expressions can help pave the way for more effective interactions, even at a distance.
As a result, it’s critical for companies to equip their meeting rooms with best-of-breed cameras that deliver 4K and HD video. In addition, staff should have high-quality webcams capable of responding to evolving environmental conditions.
But top-tier cameras don’t do much good for workers who lack high-quality screens, and the demand for those screens has increased. “A 4K display makes video interactions more lifelike, providing the (nearly convincing) illusion that remote participants are actually physically present in a corporate meeting space,” a CDW whitepaper reads. “Higher-resolution screens also allow product developers to better show off new designs and offer more precise imaging for industries such as healthcare and energy exploration, which rely heavily on visual information.”
Put simply, intuitive, interactive screens are now essential for effective collaboration.
Navigating the Next Normal of Hybrid Work
In the old normal of the professional world, most people were in the office most of the time, and those working remotely were responsible for engaging in meetings from wherever they were. In the new normal, workplaces are shut down; with whole teams working remotely, employees engage in meetings on a level playing field.
But what about the next normal, when a typical day includes a mix of onsite and offsite workers, all trying to collaborate effectively? In this coming hybrid work situation, businesses will have to take the lead to make sure meetings are inclusive.
That means ensuring that the office and all employees are equipped with the technology and tools they need to work and collaborate remotely, and supporting a culture where inclusive meeting best practices are followed.