Do you know if your audio-visual systems are being used effectively?
It seems only fitting to begin a post about analytics by dropping some data for you to digest. According to market research from Density.io, global average meeting room utilization is only 30%. Furthermore, when meetings are in session, only 40% of seats are filled on average. And while most meeting rooms can hold at least six people or more, the average meeting size is less than four people.
Yikes. Considering the financial investment (we’re talking in the billions) to design, build, and maintain conference rooms and meeting spaces with expensive audio-visual systems, the above statistics are disheartening. That’s right: failing to utilize your business’s meeting spaces and technology systems properly can have a significant impact on your bottom line.
You can create more effective meeting environments by equipping your workplace with analytics solutions that track and document how your spaces and systems are used. Keep reading to learn more about the effect that meeting room data can have on your Scottsdale, AZ, or global business.
Deploy, manage, monitor, and scale thousands of workplace devices remotely from an IoT-based platform
As the modern workplace moves into the cloud, workplace management needs to follow. Crestron’s XiO Cloud is an IoT-based solution designed for the needs of digital and hybrid workplaces. XiO Cloud allows organizations to configure, manage, and troubleshoot all supported Crestron devices in a centralized, secure cloud location. It’s built on Microsoft® Azure®, Microsoft’s safe and reliable public cloud computing platform.
Are you curious to find out how Crestron XiO Cloud can help your Tempe, AZ, or global organization manage workplace technology more efficiently? Then keep reading to learn more about XiO services.
Design Motivating Environments to Encourage Spending Time in the Office
As we all know, the global pandemic created a new normal for millions of office-based workers around the world. Work moved from the office to the home, and communication and collaboration moved to digital mediums on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Now, with vaccines rising and the most dangerous health threats receding, employers are looking to bring workforces back to the office.
But guess what? Many don’t want to return. The increased flexibility of working from home has its appeal – no commutes and every day is casual Friday. No matter how gourmet the coffee and food are at the office, what they have at home is more convenient. And the ability to pick up a child from school, get out for a refreshing walk or workout at a break in the day, or be home for a service call gives workers a sense of flexibility and empowerment. A variety of surveys have made it clear – more than half of information workers don’t want to return to the office full-time. And many of today’s most successful companies like Facebook and Microsoft have already announced that they will allow some employees to continue working remotely permanently, creating a new hybrid work model that is anything but well understood at the moment.
Yet, with the new reality of coping with a hybrid model, only 13% of organizations are planning to reduce their physical space footprint, while over 50% of workers want to work at least part of the time remotely. So the new challenge is: how do you use your office space to create an engaging hybrid workplace environment that gets people in the office? And one that doesn’t exclude those working remotely? Let’s explore the implications for your physical locations in Phoenix, AZ and around the world.
The one-size-fits-all conference room is no longer sufficient for mixed workforces
The modern workplace is undergoing a profound paradigm shift in 2021. Full-time in-office work is no longer the norm; instead, the new hybrid workplace includes an eclectic mix of full-time remote employees, full-time in-office employees, and part-time remote and in-office workers.
In the wake of these shifts, organizations must rethink one of the most foundational components of the modern office: meeting rooms. How does meeting room design need to pivot to meet the needs of globally dispersed workforces? Below, we outline four considerations your organization should keep top of mind to design effective and productive meeting spaces for your office locations in Scottsdale, AZ, and throughout the world.
Learn how Crestron UC products and services help organizations thrive in workplaces that are no longer tied to a physical location
The COVID-19 crisis in 2020 catalyzed a massive shift toward remote work on a scale unheard of until now. December 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 24% of the workforce (35.5 million people) were working from home at that time.
Multiple surveys taken throughout 2020 have revealed that many employees would like to continue working from home when the pandemic is over. A Pew Research Center survey from December 2020 reported that 54% of people whose jobs can be performed at home would want to work from home all or most of the time after the coronavirus outbreak ends.
And enterprise organizations have discovered — somewhat to their surprise — that remote work hasn’t hindered employee productivity or motivation, as many feared it would. As we move into a future that looks likely to embrace and expand more remote work opportunities, the looming question for businesses concerns long-term sustainability: how do we ensure that people can work together when they’re not together in person?
No longer is the workplace tied to a physical location, a cubicle, and a desktop computer that hasn’t been updated in several years. Instead, the workplace is in the cloud, it’s in the Zoom app on smartphones across America, it’s in shared Google docs, and it’s in laptops across America.
Unified communication (UC) collaboration tools are the bridge that makes the digital workplace possible. UC products and services integrate and deliver multiple communication channels and collaborative tools in a single platform. These platforms are cloud-delivered to facilitate a “work from anywhere” dynamic for hybrid workforces with in-person and remote employees.
Crestron Electronics is one of the manufacturers at the forefront of facilitating communications, collaboration, and productivity in the hybrid workplace. Room systems like Crestron Flex and cloud-based management tools like Crestron XiO Cloud are designed to help commercial organizations of all sizes adapt to the changing landscape of work.
Keep reading to learn how UC products and services like Flex and XiO Cloud provide value to the digital workplace in Phoenix, AZ, and globally.
Simulation labs are operating under new guidelines in the COVID-19 era
When the coronavirus pandemic swept through the U.S. at the start of 2020, it forced the partial or complete closure of medical simulation training labs for healthcare students. Now, over a year later, COVID-19 is still ravaging the world and delaying the return to work, school, public events, and other activities.
Unfortunately, the longer students remain out of the lab, the more their education suffers. Healthcare simulation is a vital tool for teaching our future medical professionals valuable clinical, communication, decision-making, and teamwork skills. With that thought in mind, many simulation labs in Los Angeles, CA, and across the U.S. are considering reopening.
However, before doing so, your lab needs to set guidelines and policies in place to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and instructors. If you’re ready to get your sim lab back up and running, keep reading to learn four considerations for your reopening strategy.
How Managed Software Services Provide a Customized Solution
SaaS – Software as a Service – is a highly discussed topic in the technology world. Is there a software product on the planet that hasn’t moved to that model or is working on doing so? Even ubiquitous software with long histories like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite have moved in that direction. If you use Zoom, Slack, Dropbox, Gmail, or a myriad of other popular applications and platforms, you are using a SaaS model.
So, what is managed software as a service (MSaaS)? In this post, we’d like to delve deeper into that subject, comparing the well-known SaaS model with this model that adds a layer of service and support. Read on to see how MSaaS builds on SaaS to provide a more customized, tailored approach to technology solutions for your enterprise, whether in Tempe, Arizona, or your worldwide locations.
Learn more about the two primary models used for outsourcing AV operations
Technological needs in the digital era have far outpaced many commercial organizations’ abilities to handle all AV and IT tasks in-house. As a result, outsourcing daily operations, processes, and support for AV systems has become a lucrative way for organizations to improve organizational agility and gain access to a range of specialized skills and resources that aren’t easily available due to hiring restrictions.
For Scottsdale, AZ, and global enterprise organizations looking to outsource AV services, staffing augmentation and AV managed services are the two primary models utilized. But which one is the right fit for your business? Keep reading to learn the key differences between them.