Boardrooms of yore were often styled with leather seating and more of a clubroom atmosphere; the priorities for boardrooms today are quite different.
The modern commercial office doesn’t exist in a bubble; chances are you are connected to vendors, suppliers, contractors, and even customers around the globe. In this world, comfort may still be a priority, but it is connectivity that is the focus.
Your boardroom’s audio-video system needs to be easy to connect to, and ready to go for every meeting. It needs to include high-quality video and audio components, so people on both ends of a call can be heard. And your boardroom should also make it easy for anyone to plug their devices into, whether to charge a phone or plug in a laptop.
When upgrading your commercial office’s boardroom, consider these three trends to make sure your A/V system impresses all who attend.
With LED video displays, you can create a full wall of screens that display the same or different sources in addition to your smaller, day-to-day screen. Hold a meeting with people all over the globe, and see each one of them clearly on the screen.
Sound quality can make-or-break a meeting, and is one of the most significant issues employees have with conference rooms. Your audio-video installation team will be able to place microphones strategically so that the audio coming from the room is always crystal clear no matter the room's size or shape.
Wireless has made it easy for people to connect to the internet quickly, but it’s not always reliable, and you want to have a plan. Installing cords in hidden panels will allow anyone to plug in if they want to, and will give you a backup in case of any issues.
About the Author
Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or email@example.com for a Free Consultation.
You can’t watch all parts of your commercial office all of the time, but you also don’t want to leave your company vulnerable. An alarm system will help, but adding security cameras around your property will make sure you always know what is going on, whether you’re onsite or not.
You don’t need to think about your security cameras as a constant surveillance technique, but rather, as a way to prevent — and even investigate — any crime or theft. That means placing them in areas that are most likely to capture any potential threats:
In all of these cases, you don’t need to worry about hiding a camera — sometimes just the presence of one can be enough to deter a thief. Not to mention, you can point indoor cameras away from seating areas, so customers feel comfortable, and you should be careful about adhering to legal regulations.
The type of security camera you install will also determine where and how you need to place them. At front entrances, a camera with a wider field of view allows you to see anyone approaching clearly, while a camera in your parking lot will clearly capture identifying details of cars that come and go.
Lighting can negatively affect the quality of the images your camera captures. If it is pointed into a light source, you won’t get clear pictures of faces approaching the camera. An experienced audio-visual installation team will ensure that cameras are optimally placed to function with the surrounding light.
There’s no one answer to improving the productivity and accessibility of your commercial office, given no two employees or customers are the same.
But by using digital signage in the office, you’re taking a big step forward to making efficiency and comfort a core value of the workplace.
At its simplest, digital signage allows you to take content and send it out to your displays. You’re able to manage what content gets seen, and even control variables like when it gets seen.
Allowing for this level of instant customization means presenting information to anyone who enters your office in a way that makes sense to them. And when people feel like they’re being understood, they’re far more likely to enjoy the experience they have at your business.
So what can digital signage do for your commercial office?
Put Visitors At Ease
When seated in your waiting room, customers probably don’t want to read a month-old People magazine, but they do want to see the information that is relevant to them. From streaming top news headlines to giving them factual data on your company and its success, digital signage allows you to help reduce the stress of waiting to be seen.
Reduce Burdens On Employees
Your employees should be able to focus on clients, not worry about giving directions or explaining basic facts. When you have digital signage installed, visitors can learn this information on their own, which frees up your staff to provide meaningful connections.
Cut Down Wait Times
Digital signage can also be hugely helpful in reducing wait times on the back end of your business. As soon as someone checks in, their name can be displayed to employees who can act faster on gathering necessary materials or data. A more personal experience can be delivered as there is no need for in-betweens to relay information via phone or in person.
A clear example of how modern technology has taken a concept and upgraded it to something more useful than ever imagined is the interactive whiteboard.
There’s a reason chalk, and then dry-erase markers were useful everywhere from the classroom to the boardroom: they allowed for immediate, and visual, recording of shared ideas.
An interactive whiteboard takes that capability into the digital age. With the ability to share written information, save it, and a whole host of other activities, the digital interactive whiteboard is now an essential element of a commercial office’s huddle rooms, conference rooms, and communal areas.
No More Fumbling With PowerPoints
An interactive whiteboard turns meetings into interactive events, where information can be accessed or shared at any given moment to bolster a point.
Share With The Whole Team
You don’t need to send out PDFs of your PowerPoint presentation when offsite attendees can tune into the session itself. And you can easily send everything that was discussed to anyone you want.
Make It Easy On Clients
Trying to explain a concept to a customer in a short period of time can be hard on you both. An interactive whiteboard can help you show them what you’re talking about and how it relates to the situation at hand.
Touch Without Smear
An interactive whiteboard is also touch-operated so forget the smear of dry-erase markers. You can annotate the screen as much as you want, and your primary controls will remain at your fingertips. An onscreen touch-operated keyboard will help you say anything you want without the worry of bad handwriting, and “pens” will help you write in digital ink.
For the modern workplace, it’s essential to focus on what really matters, no matter the industry: connecting your people. Open-plan office concepts were designed to help facilitate greater pathways between employees, with the hopes of increasing productivity. Nowadays, it is the digital design of your commercial office that opens up communication internally and beyond.
When you upgrade your current setup to a smart office, you’re immediately making mundane things and the day-to-day easier on employees, freeing them up to focus on what matters: your clients/patients.
These are six ways that your new smart office will help your business succeed.