March 2020 marked one of the most dramatic shifts for the global workforce since the industrial revolution. According to the Office for National Statistics, the percentage of people working from home in the UK doubled in 2020, growing from 12.4% to 25.9% as lockdown gripped the country. Forcing us to challenge the status of home / work life balance and learning to balance our hybrid working expectation versus reality.

We started to adjust to the ‘new norm’, advantages started to emerge. The struggle of the daily commute evaporated and being home for bath time became a regular occurrence. As the perks of working from home accelerated, a common train of thought centred around the concept of flexible working for the foreseeable future.

As we now approach the 2-year milestone of the pandemic and organisations start to welcome their staff back into the office, employers face a new challenge accommodating the rise in demands for flexibility when it comes to where you work.

Hybrid working is here to stay but does the expectations meet the reality and what are the key considerations to creating a productive hybrid working environments?

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Expectation 1 – There will be an improvement to my work/home life balance

Eliminating the daily commute led to many of us thinking we would have more time for leisure activities.However, often the reality of being remote is hours of back-to-back video calls with no downtime.

Microsoft Teams have introduced several new features over the past few years, all designed to increase video meeting productivity. Helping you and your team reduce wasted time during calls and giving you back valuable minutes in the day.

These include:

  • Find a meeting recording based on what was said with Microsoft Search.
  • Lock a meeting from additional joins.
  • Slide translate in PowerPoint Live in Teams.
  • Teams Meetings Auto Recording.
  • Paging on Video Gallery.
  • Organisation-wide backgrounds.
  • End user Real-time telemetry for meetings.

Find out more about these features and the current updates here: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | October 2022

Using these features will enable you and your teams to be more productive and achieve a healthier balance when it comes to working remotely.

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Expectation 2 – There will be a seamless transition between office and home

The number of people returning to the office, even part-time, is continuing to increase. Therefore, the expectation for online meetings to become as close to face-to-face as possible is becoming essential. Delivering high quality meeting equality is critical for organisations to keep teams engaged and effective.

According to a recent Research and Markets report there are now over 32.4M huddle space rooms globally and only 3% of them are enabled for video. Ensuring that meeting rooms are fitted with the latest video conferencing equipment is paramount. These huddle rooms allow remote meeting participants to have a seamless experience no matter where they are based.

Video collaboration leaders Logitech have a range of options designed to enhance modern meetings, regardless of whether you are attending in the room or remotely.

With the perfect solution for every space, Logitech’s advanced video conferencing solutions enable teams to talk, share files and screens and collaborate effectively.
Try out their video room wizard to find the perfect solution for every home office or workspace.

Logitech Room Configuration Wizard

The post-pandemic reality is that hybrid working is here for the foreseeable future. Organisations must ensure that their employees are fully equipped to operate effectively. Be that from home, from the coffee shop or from the office. Choosing the right technology to enable this should be a key consideration for any hybrid working strategy.

Lewcon Audio Visual technicians will help you create the perfect balance between hybrid working expectation versus reality. Talk to the team today to define the perfect solutions for your business and make your teams instantly more productive.

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