The pandemic drove many people away from offices to safely work from home. However, things are slowly returning to their pre-pandemic state in much of the United States with workers returning to their offices. Is your workspace ready to welcome workers who have spent months working from the comfort of their homes? With the right audio, video, and lighting controls and equipment, you can be.
Generally, more people are going back to the office full-time, as evidenced by a shrinking number of job offers allowing remote work. The other indicator of more people in offices is heavier traffic in cities during rush hours. If you’ve noticed more traffic, you’re likely waiting to welcome workers back.
Remote work still remains popular in major cities and on the coasts. For instance, 26% of job listings in San Francisco offer remote work while the number in New York City is 19%. However, a minority of job postings have remote work as an option, even in these more flexible regions. Therefore, you’ll still have most workers coming in at least a few days of the week.
Because people have had all their home comforts while remotely working, they may find the move back to the office harder. Make the transition a little easier for them by improving the audio, video, and lighting controls and equipment in your office.
Use lighting controls to provide areas of the office with warmer, more soothing light where workers can go to relax. Break rooms or huddle spots are good places for this type of lighting. You can also automate lights throughout the workspace to optimize energy savings.
In your conference room, use the latest audio and video for crystal clear images and sounds during meetings, and your workers may not want to go back to using their laptops for online meetings anymore.
Your workplace and employees should have the best conditions for the office. Whether you need improved audio, video, or lighting controls or equipment, you can get it from us at Experience Audio Video Inc. Our commercial division expertly installs equipment in businesses that demand the best. Contact us today to make your workplace comfortable and productive as people return to the office.
A recent study found that 85% of employers want their workers to report at least some of the time to the office. The ability to gather in person, share ideas, and get motivated for work are all benefits of meeting others in the workplace. However, is your office ready to receive workers who have accommodated their home offices to work remotely? You may need to upgrade your office and conference room technology to meet your workers’ new needs.
Employers are needing to see their employees in person with greater frequency. Workers understand this because almost 75% indicated that their supervisor wanted them to be at the office more. A majority of employees surveyed, 56%, indicated that they expected to be in the office more often in the next six months.
Laptops with virtual meeting capabilities allowed workers to stay at home during most of the pandemic. However, the technology could also isolate employees from talking about ideas with others. Turn your office into a gathering place, complete with the technology to do so.
Consider using your large conference room as a huddle space where workers can collaborate with each other in person. Huddle spaces should also have the connections available for workers to meet virtually with others online or to use programs that require constant connectivity. Ample outlets for powering laptops can keep the huddle groups going by preventing batteries from running low.
You may also consider the trend of hotdesking. This method gives workers a desk to use while they are in the office, but when away, another worker uses the desk, reducing the space needed while still giving people at the office places to work.
When upgrading technology, don’t forget the creature comforts that many people desire when working from home. Softer furniture, recreational lounge spaces, and improved coffee or snacks in the break room may be the little things that entice workers back to the office.
Your workplace will need to have upgrades to meet the new needs of workers coming back to the office. Get help with setting up huddle spaces, hotdesks, or other tech tools for your space from us at Experience Audio Video Inc. Connect with us now to start making your workplace more productive by boosting comfort and technology.
Virtual meetings are changing how people working anywhere collaborate in real-time. Through VR technology, employees can walk around and talk to others in a virtual location, allowing for greater freedom in their meeting methods. Could your office be next to embrace these meetings based in virtual reality?
The metaverse is a virtual space where employees can interact in different ways during meetings. By wearing virtual reality headsets, employees collaborate in virtual spaces in the metaverse with the avatars of their colleagues.
The virtual space does not even have to look like a meeting room. It can include company branding or be a virtual outdoor space. In the case of the latter, employees working remotely or in the office could host social gatherings as easily as brainstorming sessions in the relaxing atmosphere of the virtual metaverse.
By replacing the staid Zoom meetings with controls that allow for participants to mute themselves with more interactive avatar interaction that cannot be shut off, employees become more engaged in actively participating in meetings.
If you want to upgrade your meeting space to allow in-office workers to collaborate in the metaverse with remote workers, your likely will need better technology. VR headsets and the computers to run the systems are the beginning. You may also want to include individual connections on the meeting table to allow for participants to easily set up their VR headsets. High-speed, hardwired network connectivity to the computers that handle the VR meetings will prevent problems with delayed actions or dropped connections.
Should your workplace embrace virtual meetings? The answer depends on what you want to get out of them and your employees. Are your workers less engaged in traditional or online meetings? Will they readily embrace VR technology? If so, you may want to consider upgrading to offer virtual meetings as an alternative to traditional or online conferences.
If you want to upgrade the audio and video or lighting in your conference room to make it ready for traditional or virtual meetings, contact us at Experience Audio Video Inc. We optimize meeting spaces in offices to ensure they adhere to the needs of employers and their employees. Whether you need better lighting, new speakers, or improved video systems, we can help with these and much more.