Want to understand what hybrid working is? Read on…

Hybrid working is a relatively new phenomenon, accelerated by the pandemic, but a way of working that is inevitably here to stay. Read on to have hybrid meetings explained in layman’s terms –

The benefits surrounding the freedom to work from wherever you like are incredibly appealing. With improvements to work/life balance and the reduction of expensive and time-consuming commuting being at the forefront.

There are generally four established hybrid working models which are:

1.) Flexible working model

The principle of the flexible working model is enabling employees to choose their location based on their daily priorities.

2.) Fixed hybrid model

A fixed hybrid model is where the employers dictate the days when all employees will be in the office, ensuring opportunities for team engagement and collaboration.

3.) Office first hybrid model

Office first hybrid working is when staff work most of the week from the office, with perhaps two selected days remotely, if the employees feel the need or benefit.

4.) Remote first hybrid model

Remote first hybrid working is where the staff control where employees work most of the week remotely, but there are one or two selected days in the week where teams gather in the office for team collaboration.

You can start by asking some simple questions to identify needs and priorities:

  1. Do my remote employees have the right technology to succeed?
  2. Do users have the same video collaboration experience regardless of whether they are remote or in the office?
  3. Are my meeting spaces equipped for effective video collaboration?
  4. Are there enough meeting space options for office-based staff?
  5. Do I have a clear hybrid working strategy that is easily adopted?

Once you have decided on a model that’s right for your business, you then need to consider the needs of your employees when they are working remotely and when they are in the office.

One of the first steps to identify how your teams need to meet; according to Microsoft in their meeting room guidance report, there are three types of meetings:

Presentation meetings

Meet, and present meetings focus on a central display or device and involve presentation and discussion from the group. Microsoft considers this a more formal environment with meeting device control happening from a table-top console, usually from the centre of the meeting room table.

Co-create meetings

Co-create meetings involve the participants needing to collaborate together on topics using whiteboard and annotation. This space layout needs to be adaptable to how the delegates want to collaborate together, either on a large format display, side-by-side or alternatively from personal devices (Bring Your Own Device), which connect to a front-of-room display via wireless sharing platforms.

Presentation and co-create meetings

This type of meeting combines the previous two and requires the technology and room layout in situ to be adaptable and flexible to the requirements of any particular meeting. In this environment, consider enabling the meeting room with a table-top console for control as well as utlising wireless sharing devices for BYOD.

How do your team want to meet?

Video collaboration adoption accelerated dramatically during the pandemic, with most businesses standardising on a UCC platform for video conferencing.

Platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet and Cisco WebEx bridge the gap between remote and office meeting participants, and each offers a range of hardware devices to deliver an immersive video collaboration experience for users.

Learn more about hardware solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms.

Is your company equipped for hybrid work through unified communication?

Unified communications deliver a superior user experience utilising multiple technologies, including:

  • Enterprise-grade audio and video
  • Wireless and document-sharing apps
  • Video conferencing platforms
  • Noise suppression
  • Space booking tools
  • Document storage

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Lewcon Audio Visual Ltd develop industry leading Hybrid Audio Visual Solutions tailored to suit the needs and budget of your company. With access to all leading brands, you can rest assured that you are receiving unbiased recommendations.

Want to learn more about how unified communications can help you achieve your hybrid working goals? Contact the Lewcon AV experts today. Our friendly team will be happy to talk you through all the available option.

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