Perhaps the most workforce-disrupting revolution in decades, “hybrid labour,” has officially set the world by storm.
According to Microsoft, 70% of the workers Made to “flexible” working conditions during the pandemic want to continue in the coming years. As a result, about 65% of business decision makers say they are redesigning physical spaces to accommodate the future of mixed employment.
The combination of mixed meeting rooms is just one example of the different tools that companies may need to prepare for a new era of work. This all-in-one plug-and-play or hybrid meeting solution promises a more straightforward solution to bringing team members together for more meaningful work.
Already, the room gadget scene is growing rapidly, as business leaders demand more flexible and flexible meeting solutions.
The question is, what trends will drive this environment in the coming years?
Back to the office and a Covid-Safe environment
Mixed room groups are simple, accessible solutions that allow office staff to collaborate more consistently with people from a range of different environments. These kits are valuable because they often consider not only the technical needs of employees in meetings but their needs when it comes to office safety.
As “back to office” continues, and companies are looking for the best possible way to enable a revolving door for internal employees, implementing appropriate safety measures will be essential. Most of the leading meeting room groups come with a focus on Contactless cooperation.
Centralized monitoring and control systems allow users to connect to the software they need to meet using their smartphones, so teams don’t have to use shared screens. Moreover, the use of computer vision in cameras, natural language processing, and sensors means we can interact with machines in a variety of contactless ways, from gestures to voice commands.
There are even room kits on the market today with sensors specifically designed to keep track of the number of people in a room and the temperature in the space for safety reasons.
Employee welfare and fairness
Employee well-being is an important trend that all companies should be aware of heading into a new era of hybrid work. Today’s employees demand better care from the companies they work with. If your employees do not trust you to consider their best interests, you will have high levels of employee turnover and disengagement.
To keep employees happy and productive, companies need to think more holistically about the idea of “wellbeing.” Contactless hybrid room suites are a good start, but these tools also need to be linked to software solutions and processes aimed at improving employee satisfaction.
For example, for employees to feel happy in a mixed workforce, everyone on the team needs to feel that their voice is equal at the table, regardless of whether they are working remotely or in the office. The smart solutions included in the Mixed Room Toolkit can help create a sense of inclusion in this changing workplace.
We’ve already seen companies like Microsoft implement computer vision into their group room technology to help recreate the experience of eye contact with them Intelligent video streaming positioning. At the same time, tools like Viva allow teams to keep track of their meeting schedules and ensure that they don’t expose themselves to the risks of video stress.
Personalization of technology
In recent years, time spent working from home has given the majority of modern employees a taste of what it feels like to use their favorite tools and technology to collaborate. With the advent of the hybrid world of work, we are likely to see many employees claiming the same simple, customizable, and personalized experiences they had at home.
Hybrid meeting room combinations can open the door to more personalized experiences in different ways. For example, smart assistants built into a mixed meeting room can use biometrics to recognize an employee when they enter the room, instantly load their favorite collaboration software, and list their calendar and any contacts they need access.
Bringing your own meeting solutions also means that software-neutral technology can give users more freedom about the type of software and tools they use to interact with their colleagues. Many hybrid meeting room combinations can be extended with various additional tools from partner vendors to create a more flexible and unique meeting experience.
As the world of work becomes increasingly distributed and diverse, we are relying more on technology to improve the quality of our conversations and improve efficiency. The enhanced experiences built into the hybrid meeting room suites pave the way for the future of the Metaverse style of meeting. We can enjoy the benefits of the Internet more embodied in our discussions.
The term “enhanced meetings” can refer to the use of a wide range of new and improved forms of artificial intelligence and innovation in the meeting room. For example, with ambient computing, we can enter a meeting room where the technology appears almost invisible but allows us to control different aspects of the conference using voice, gestures and movements.
Enhanced meeting rooms can also include bringing smart assistants and gadgets into the meeting room environment to help with things like translation, automatic language transcription, or instantly displaying conversation-related information.
These tools will help make meetings in the virtual world feel as natural and streamlined as the discussions we have in person.
Extended Reality in Room Sets
As meeting rooms get smarter, and our conversations in the hybrid world become more complex, we’re seeing countless new technologies enter the hybrid room group environment. Already, there are advanced room suites that give access to things like digital whiteboards and virtual assistants as part of the package. The next step for many companies will be to implement “immersive” meeting experiences.
Virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality shows are making their way into the boardroom fast. Virtual reality tools like Meta Oculus can help teams collaborate in a shared virtual environment, and interact with digital versions of products and systems.
Mixed reality solutions like Microsoft HoloLens can create a more collaborative experience for teams looking to blend the real and virtual worlds for better creativity and innovation. In the future, XR solutions could be a standard part of a mixed-room suite, just like a webcam or microphone.