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Crafting hybrid work environments and leveraging collaboration technology with Michelle Ritz

September 09, 2022

Crafting hybrid work environments and leveraging collaboration technology with Michelle Ritz
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We’re all still in an experiment when it comes to hybrid work. Companies are trying multiple approaches and methods for finding sustainable success among remote and in-person workers.
Despite the challenges and friction with the hybrid model, studies show demand for flexibility and autonomy is only growing among employees.
Shelby Skrhak speaks with Michelle Ritz, regional product marketing manager at Jabra, about:
  • How office spaces are shifting
  • The impact of meeting equity
  • Collaboration technology

How office spaces are shifting

Balancing in-person and remote workers is no longer a speculation, it’s a reality. As organizations have started testing models, the truth could not be clearer: there’s no going back.
“Anywhere can be an office space is what we've discovered.” Michelle points out, “65% of employees say they want to manage their schedules and have the autonomy to do what they need to do, either in the office or from home. Having the flexibility to choose is important.”
With that realization, most employees have narrowed down what it is they need to be productive:
  • Quiet space for individual work
  • Meeting rooms equipped with video and audio
  • Flexible access to desk space
  • A virtual meeting room
All of these amenities have one thing in common—if done correctly, they marry in-person workers to remote workers with minimal friction.

The impact of meeting equity

There’s concern from fully remote team members around the impact remote work will have on their careers, mainly due to inadequate resources.
How can they impact the company if they're not included to the same extent in-person workers are?
“You have to consider the people in the room, but also the foreign participants, and make sure that everyone feels that they can share the equity of having their voice heard and participating,” Michelle explains.
It comes down to careful planning, with a sizable portion revolving around technology. “We all had meeting equity because we were all a little box on a screen. How do we replicate that going forward?” she continues.

Collaboration technology

Jabra addresses collaboration technology through consistent technology bundles or the like. When everyone receives the same equipment and resources, they’re more prepared to embrace the ‘work from anywhere’ mindset.
“Providing the ‘best in class’ technology for your employees helps bridge that gap.” Michelle points out.
Solid, reliable equipment aids productivity no matter where you are. It’s not news that video plays a crucial role in creating collaboration, but its twin in both importance and impact is audio. “If we don't have audio, then that puts a damper on any collaboration or communication. We can't overlook how important audio is.”
High-quality audio has positive results across presentations, participation and general connectivity.
With connection and collaboration at the heart of hybrid models, sustainable success is within reach.
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