Hybrid work was on a slow trajectory to transforming the average workplace, but then the pandemic caused the trend to crash land in offices everywhere. Remote work has been top of mind for the past couple of years, but that doesn’t mean the transition has been easy. Many organizations are still trying to find the right approach and the best tools to make the hybrid workplace a success.
Help Employees Embrace Hybrid Work Tools
More than 70% of employees want to keep flexible work options, but they don’t always like the differences between in-office tools and those they use at home. And 49% of office employees say feeling motivated and connected with other team members have been the biggest challenges as they return to the office.
In hybrid work situations, technology can be a hindrance or it can be the missing connection between workers, no matter where they are. AV technology in particular can fill in gaps and make it even easier to collaborate remotely than it was in the old-fashioned meeting room with a flip chart. With tools like virtual collaboration platforms and digital whiteboards, anyone can present and collaborate during meetings. On-site attendees can use the in-room interactive board while remote workers can do the same tasks from their laptops. Then the meeting organizer can ensure everyone gets a copy of all documents and files.
By choosing tools that work the same way in the office as they do at the home office, employees will be more efficient and more willing to change up their work locations.
How Organizations Can Better Support Hybrid Work
Creating the optimal hybrid work environment is a big ask in the middle of employee transitions, supply chain issues, and other budget demands like inflation.
Forrester predicts that of the 60% of organizations that plan to adopt a hybrid model, one-third will fail on their first try. Big transitions like these create periods of adjustment for people and for processes, so technologies should easily integrate to work correctly and efficiently.
It’s not just a matter ensuring technology works. You also have to choose tools that are right for your industry, your goals, your customers and partners, and especially your employees. The technology should make work easier—and not create a struggle between the user and the tools. You can even go the extra mile by choosing office technology that makes going into the office worthwhile—at least on occasion. Sometimes employees will just want a change of scenery or capabilities, making video walls or noise reduction environments more appealing.
Talk to PSNI about Your Hybrid Meeting Spaces
Hybrid work is just one AV technology trend to take off over the last couple of years. A technology partner like a PSNI Certified Solutions Provider can help you identify fads and take on only the trends that are relevant to you. They can even help you address your technology troubles, including supply chain issues.
Get the planning guide to learn how to adapt to the hybrid work trend as well as tips on other hot topics like:
- Budgeting for technology purchases
- Implementing health and wellness technology
- Making data-driven decisions and more
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