The advantages of video conferencing through COVID were obvious. Business continued to move forward (albeit somewhat slower), as we all moved over to Zoom or Microsoft Teams meetings, enabling teams to stay connected during the pandemic.
2 years on, there is no doubt that the virus has changed the way we work, with some obvious benefits. A report by McKinsey reported that the crisis brought about years of change, accelerating digitisation by up to seven years.
The stigma around remote working has been removed, widening the talent pool for employers and employees alike as teams don’t have to live within an hour radius of the office. Thanks to the power of video conferencing, we can now work from wherever we need to and still feel connected to teammates.
But there is a downside, according to Zoom, there are around 300 million meeting participants on the platform every single day. But this can lead to the latest corporate buzz term – Zoom Fatigue.
Whatever platform you use, the constant grid view can become incredibly taxing, as the brain needs to work harder to read visual cues through a computer screen and we struggle with the ‘always on, always reachable’ challenges that come with video platforms like Zoom, Teams or Meet.
If video is here to stay, how can we make the experience a more enjoyable, collaborative one?
Here are our top 5 tips to creating a video environment to enable collaboration between colleagues, reducing video fatigue and increasing productivity.
1 Create meeting etiquette guidelines
Defining what contributes to a good meeting within your business can be an important step to reducing video fatigue. Implementing guidelines for your staff around when to call a meeting and when an email will suffice can cut down on wasted time in meetings. Calendars are set to a ‘default duration’ normally 60 minutes. By reducing this to say 45 minutes, teammates will subconsciously work to the meeting time available, giving them back 15 mins before the evitable next meeting starts.
2 Do a technology audit for all employees
Doing an audit of existing meeting room technology will highlight whether you have the right infrastructure to have more effective video meetings.
Questions you might include as part of the audit could be:
3 Invest in the right tools to deliver better video meetings
With the results of your audit, you will be able to invest in the right tools to create better video meeting environments.
Room management solutions like GoBright are an effective way to check the availability of all meeting spaces and book them quickly and efficiently.
Investing in wireless sharing devices like Barco ClickShare enables your teams to walk into the meeting space and automatically connect their device to the meeting room technology in seconds, no more struggling with cables!
All-in-one soundbar solutions from brands like Poly deliver superior audio and video quality, ensuring that everyone can be clearly seen and heard.
4 Make your meetings more interactive and engaging
Microsoft recently launched Front Row, a new layout that switches up the traditional grid format. Investing in a larger meeting room display or even a dual-screen solution increases the field of view for in-meeting participants, enabling everyone to join remotely.
Choosing an interactive display as part of your meeting room offering strengthens the ability to collaborate during meetings, from simple annotation over Microsoft applications to more immersive collaboration platforms like T1V or Bluescape is made possible using interactive displays from brands like Avocor or Clevertouch.
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5 Have a central platform for information sharing
To ensure meetings stay productive and to reduce the number of video meetings across your organisation, you might consider investing in online tools like Google Workspace or Dropbox to share documents for real-time collaboration.
Lewcon AV are specialists in workplace technology, supporting organisations across the South of England and beyond with collaboration and meeting room technology for hybrid workers.
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