Finding the Middle Ground AV Technology for the New Office Space

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It’s hard to believe that we’re midway through the second year of this global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s safe to say there are and will continue to be many unknowns because of this pandemic. It has changed the way we do business, the way we work as individuals and teams, the way we manage our families and home life. Let’s be honest, it has changed a lot.

Now, as restrictions are slowly lifting, and more of the population is getting vaccinated, companies are developing plans that position the company as an employer of choice and allow employees to come back to the office. This is no easy task as no two employees have had the same experience over the last year. Some are eager to get back to in-office work, while others are fearful to say goodbye to full remote work. Companies are tasked with finding a middle ground and supporting employees as they, yet again, learn a new norm.

Being an Employer of Choice

According to a recent survey conducted by IDG Communications and Marketpulse Research on behalf of Panduit, the number of desk employees working in a hybrid capacity is expected to grow post-pandemic to 31% of employees, up from 18% in January 2020. On average, 27% expect to be fully remote, up slightly from the pre-pandemic average of 20%.

With companies adopting new technology to support hybrid work, it’s easier than ever to offer employees options that provide flexibility with engagement in the company culture. We’ve seen remote communication and online collaboration work in a setting where we are all remote, but now it’s up to IT and facilities teams to create the same experience in the office for those who choose to come in and those who prefer to stay home or work remotely.

Hybrid Work Style Growing in Popularity

Source: IDG Communications and Marketpulse Research on behalf of Panduit

Investment in Technology

The primary focus for companies will be on health and safety, collaboration, and space optimization in their buildings with the technology to support these key elements. To start, we need conference room equipment that allows for little to no contact. Audio-visual equipment that enables in-person employees to use their own devices to connect wirelessly is preferred.

Additionally, in-room cameras should give remote participants the ability to see the entire room, making them truly part of the conversation. Touch-free room control also supports health and safety by allowing users the ability to adjust the room to the uniqueness of the meeting, without needing to manually adjust mics, displays, and cameras. These types of investments in technology allow for future changes based on, well, the changes that are inevitably in front of us as we learn the new norm, every day.

How Is This All Possible?

Atlona recently launched Room Kits, which allow for quick, repeatable conference room designs that reduce the amount of time for upgrades and allow us to make future changes easily. These designs are pre-configured, which means less time for installers to be in our facilities and faster, more reliable, and repeatable designs. Each room kit is designed for a specific space (huddle room, small conference room, medium conference room, and training room) and allows for content to be presented via a display or video conferencing.

Atlona Room Kits

Image provided by Atlona Inc., a Panduit Company.

Each kit includes everything needed to support a hybrid meeting: video source, control, display, networking, microphone, audio and camera. All of the components are preconfigured and tested. This means when they arrive onsite, the work is 80% complete, and the kits are ready to use in hours rather than days. If you’re looking for AV solutions that allow you to quickly update multiple rooms, make future adjustments without needing a technology overhaul, and are ready to create the hybrid work experience your employees need and want, this is the solution for you.

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