1. Many businesses are in the process of returning to their office spaces and trying to establish how to make them hybrid ready – Where do they start?
Nigel Penny, Head of VC Enterprise Sales UK&I at Logitech: “The first step towards getting a hybrid office ready is considering why employees will be in the office, and how the office space and technology can support different needs.
“For example, by offering a mixture of personal desk space, meeting rooms, and open operational spaces which allow teams to gather and work together, and for wider company collaboration.
“When it comes to meeting spaces, they now need to be equipped with quality video conferencing systems to support collaboration between in-person employees and remote employees – as going forwards, it’s likely that all participants in a meeting will be face-to-face.
“It’s also important to consider video solutions for meeting rooms with different purposes. A large boardroom with a long table will benefit from a camera with the capability to zoom and pan to show the faces of individuals speakers in the room.
“Smaller huddle spaces will likely be better suited to a more portable and wider-angle camera that fits one or two people on screen – but uses high-quality audio and video.”
Hellene Garcia, Head of Global Commercials at Neat: “With a hybrid workforce, teams are going to continuously rotate between being at home or in the office.
“Given that, it makes sense that the office will become more of a collaborative place. If you’re in the office, it’s not to sit at your desk all day, it will be to engage and collaborate with peers.
“To support that, businesses need to create an environment that offers a broader variety of interactive meeting rooms and creative huddle spaces to foster discussion and innovation.
“Businesses also need to think beyond meetings to those spontaneous and casual social encounters that occur around the office on the way to the meeting or at the water cooler or coffee stand.
“To replicate those encounters for a hybrid team, businesses should consider connected breakout areas such as open areas, kitchens, and lounges.
“And of course, all of these spaces need to be equipped with technology that seamlessly connects office and remote workers to drive collaboration.”
Sof Socratous, Vice President, Northern Europe at Poly: “Businesses must start by considering the preferences of their workforce.
“Our latest report found that 77% of organisations plan to redesign the office to support new ways of working. They are redesigning existing spaces to create more open plan areas, collaboration spaces, and meeting rooms. But it’s important that decisions are based on a people-first approach.
“Finding the right solution for every workstyle, or persona helps match the right audio and video solutions to workforce needs in the office, at home, or on the go. Understanding these key differences improves technology spending, ultimately saving time, money and increasing overall employee productivity.