Pre-2020, enterprise collaboration was easy. Limited to face-to-face meetings and in-office conversations, most organisations could establish a decent level of collaboration. Project teams facing any issue could quickly assemble in a conference room and brainstorm ideas or address conflicts. Marketing professionals could simply drop by their colleagues’ desks to discuss the latest campaign figures. HR staff could personally interact with new hires and enlighten them about onboarding formalities. The opportunities for (and ease of) collaboration were many. But a lot has changed ever since the business world went hybrid.
Rich Collaboration Has Become a Top Priority
Five years ago, remote or hybrid working was a rare phenomenon. It was mostly limited to field service agents and sales professionals who had to be on the road as part of their job. But ever since the hybrid workplace model has come into being, 100% office-based working is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Although some companies continue to enforce strict come-to-office policies, many enterprises are now looking to offer a healthy mix of onsite + remote working. Because that’s what employees want and even demand now.
According to Accenture’s Future of Work report, 83% of workers worldwide prefer a hybrid work model. With employees now working from different locations, using different devices, and across different time zones, rich collaboration has become a top priority. Every business is now looking to craft new policies and invest in new tools to ensure seamless communication.
But Remote Employees Bring Several Challenges
What was launched as a last resort to stay afloat, the hybrid working model is now the de facto standard. Offering high levels of flexibility and convenience, the model has paved the way for better productivity and efficiency while also enabling the workforce to strike the right work-life balance. But the success of the hybrid model depends a lot on the level of collaboration organisations can offer.
Unfortunately, this erratic mix of remote and onsite employees brings several challenges in enabling collaboration:
- Having the right tools and systems in place that ensure employees can converse and engage in real-time.
- Ensuring every team member – whether located onsite or remote – is given a fair and equal chance to be seen and heard.
- Enabling a seamless and consistent communication experience for every employee – regardless of the device or location.
- Ensuring home offices are functional and permanent workstations and offices are capable of seamless remote interactions.
- Offering high levels of security and governance to keep devices protected, conversations private, and data governed.
- Ensuring everyone feels close and engaged: remote participants have a presence in the room, and onsite participants retain their identity.
- Enabling extensive coordination of meetings and schedules and figuring out how to lead hybrid meetings with employees who are part remote and part onsite.
- Making sure remote employees feel just as connected to the organisation’s culture as their onsite counterparts.
Looking at the Benefits of MS Teams Rooms
In the hybrid world of work, organisations need to offer high levels of flexibility and empower the workforce with the tools needed to collaborate from anywhere, at any time, and using the device of their choice. MS Teams Rooms bridges the gap between in-person and remote attendees, ensuring everyone can be seen and heard and is fully engaged. Here’s looking at the top collaboration benefits MS Teams Rooms offer:
- With MS Teams Rooms, you can turn any space into an easy-to-use and inclusive collaboration workplace where everyone has a place at the table, regardless of where they work from.
- The platform allows you to eliminate barriers between spaces, places, and people and deliver the best Teams meeting experience to onsite and remote employees alike.
- Using MS Teams Rooms, you can easily access and use shared office spaces via wall-mounted devices, view location and meeting details, and reserve available spaces.
- If you want to deliver an elevated hybrid meeting experience, you can leverage the Signature Teams Rooms to create an environment where everyone feels included and represented with a modern layout, hardware, tech, and room configuration.
- MS Teams Rooms are secure by design, allowing your teams to focus on engagement and not worry about their data being stolen or their interactions being eavesdropped on.
- With MS Teams Rooms, you can transform small huddle areas and large conference rooms into a meeting space and provide a rich and collaborative Teams meeting experience.
- Collaborative whiteboarding helps cultivate real-time engagement in every meeting via a shared digital canvas that is accessible by any attendee and from any device.
- High-quality audio and video capabilities offered by MS Teams Rooms make it possible for everyone to feel they belong to the same space.
- Inclusive video layouts allow teams to maximise screen real estate and see both people and content and chat simultaneously – thus fostering a deeper connection between in-person and remote participants.
The Road Ahead
As the global workforce becomes increasingly hybrid, organisations need to reimagine office spaces to enable and ensure rich collaboration. If you want to create your ideal workplace, you need to invest in technology that connects people anywhere and anytime. Adopting MS Teams Rooms can open doors to unmatched levels of collaboration, allowing you to offer your onsite and remote employees the same fairground.
At Resurgent, we partner with organisations and help them implement MS Teams Rooms. By connecting hybrid workspaces via our network of software, services, and Microsoft Teams Rooms-certified hardware, we ensure your hybrid workplace is easy to use, administer, and scale.
Contact us today to learn more!