AVT Question: It has become clear that the proliferation of hybrid meeting solutions has dramatically altered the landscape of the office—shifting the physical space requirements of organizations and opening up seemingly limitless possibilities for the hybrid employee.
We reached out to the industry thought leaders whose companies are innovating technologies for the new era workplace for their insights and to share best practices to help ensure that employees can enjoy the same immersive meeting experience, regardless of their location. [February 2022]
Thought Leader: Chad Wiggins, Associate VP of Global Product Management and Innovation at Shure
With the shift to a hybrid working model becoming permanent, there’s an important challenge for IT decision makers: How do you ensure meeting equity? By which we mean giving everyone equal opportunity to contribute to meetings, whether they are joining from home or attending in person.
In a recent paper commissioned by Shure, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan focuses on audio as a tool to create this meeting equity. Why audio? As the paper points out, work from anywhere experiences are often riddled with unexpected audio disruptions that lead to lost productivity and frustrated employees. Going forward, users will be less accepting of communications disruptions like this that derail their meeting or training agenda.
What’s needed is a broad audio ecosystem comprised of hardware, software, and accessories that work together to boost engagement and productivity. Remote and in-room meeting participants must be integrated into a single, seamless connected experience.
That’s not all. Whatever audio technologies you opt for should seamlessly integrate with modern conferencing and collaboration platforms that are high quality, reliable, and user friendly, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex by Cisco, and Google Meet. IT leaders must make flawless audio integral to the modern collaboration toolkit.
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