April 2016 - Advanced AV

Advanced AV Team Members Complete Dash 4 Diabetes

At Advanced AV, we know that healthy employees are happy employees. That’s why we encourage our team members to be their best selves both in and out of the office, and we celebrate with them when they reach their goals. (Just like we did with our GoRuck challenger Bryan Pass and Crossfit competitor Jason Holbrook).

Recently, a team of approximately 20 Advanced AV’ers took to the streets of downtown West Chester to complete the 22nd Annual Dash 4 Diabetes, a 5K run, 2.5K walk and fun run event benefitting the Diabetes Self-Management Program at Chester County Hospital. HR Coordinator Angela Johnson helped lead the charge, as she thought it would be a climactic ending to the company’s Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge—a 12 week program that rewards cash for team weight loss. (It’s worth noting that this year, our team members who participated lost a total of 175 pounds!)

“I got us involved in this as a way to end the company’s Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge, to keep propelling good health and to, of course, support diabetes research,” Johnson said. “It’s actually starting to take the form of a potentially bigger, broader community outreach program.”

These team-building events aren’t new to Advanced AV, as we’ve participated in community 5Ks for many years including the Color Run and the Lemon Run—the latter of which benefits childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

This year’s Dash 4 Diabetes happened on a relatively gloomy Saturday in early April, but the weather soon turned to match the positive spirits of our walkers and runners. The photo below shows a group shot of our athletes and participating family members (shout out to our furry friends as well!).

In fact, those […]

By |April 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

An Epidemic of Stress: Why Your Employees Need to Get a Life

In today’s fast-paced and increasingly technological society, Americans are statistically working harder and putting in longer hours—but at a cost. It appears ‘driven’ just might become the new ‘stressed,’ as many struggle to find work-life balance while their health and on-the-job productivity suffer as a result. If your employees are suffering from burnout, learn why—and how collaborative technologies can help.

Today’s Stressed Out Workforce, By The Numbers

You may have heard chatter in the office about how stressed your employees feel—or may even feel yourself—but the hard and fast data surrounding the plight of the overworked in this country is downright disconcerting. The most recent Gallup poll on American work habits found that U.S. employees work an average of 47 hours per week, and almost 40 percent grind for 50 hours or more.

Here’s another way to look at it: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that daily, the average person aged 24 to 54 with children spends 8.9 hours per day on work and related activities, leaving little time to care for others (1.2 hours) or engage in household activities (1 hour). For many, it appears ‘life’ has been removed from ‘work-life balance.’

The Effect of Stress On Productivity and Performance

A study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that 29 percent of Americans are “quite a bit or extremely stressed at work” while a substantial 40 percent say their position is “very or extremely stressful.” An abundance of stress can lead to poor employee physical and mental health as well as an increase in turnover, absenteeism, and poor performance.

Whose Problem Is It?

For parents of small children, expecting mothers or caretakers of elders, some companies have tried to lessen the work-life burden by offering […]

By |April 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Advanced AV, LLC Welcomes Annie Wiker as Enterprise Communications Specialist

Press Release
For Immediate Release
April 8th, 2016

West Chester, PA – Advanced AV, LLC welcomes Annie Wiker as Enterprise Communications Specialist. Ms. Wiker spent over ten years as a Market Development Manager at NewComm Technologies prior extending her experience to a New York based integration firm. Her knowledge of the AV industry coupled with her communication skills make Annie a valuable addition to the Advanced AV team. As a veteran relationship builder Ms. Wiker will be focusing her expertise on the central Pennsylvania market.

“I am thrilled to have Annie join our team. The experience she brings with her, not only in the industry but also the Central Pennsylvania Region, will prove to be an enormous asset to our clients and efforts moving forward.” stated Mike Morgan, Business Development Manager.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Advanced AV has evolved with the advancement of technology into a specialized integrator of professional audiovisual systems for business, education, government, and worship facilities, serving the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.  Advanced AV has long proven its dedication to transforming clients’ technology objectives into reality. Today its engineered systems can be found in boardrooms, conference centers, classrooms, auditoriums, and many other venues that have benefited from the company’s sound, video, and networking expertise.

For more information, please contact Marina Gregory at marina.gregory@advancedav.com or visit our website: www.advancedav.com

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By |April 11th, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Boost Innovation and Productivity with Video Collaboration

Collaboration has long been a key to business success. As the global economy continues to expand and the number of remote workers rises every day, finding efficient ways for teams to collaborate—whether across town, states, or international borders—becomes increasingly important.

Seamless communication leads to more effective collaboration and the ability to bring products and services to market faster. Video collaboration tools help prevent misunderstandings that can occur through telephone or email communications, while boosting productivity and the potential for businesses to innovate.

Video Collaboration: “See” How It Can Help Your Business

The average businessperson sends and receives 122 emails per day and spends 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings, according to some reports. And that’s not counting the time spent traveling to and from those meetings.

There are also plenty of times in a typical workday that the potential for optimal innovation and productivity is diminished due to distractions. In a Salary.com report, 89 percent of office workers admitted to wasting time each day, with 61 percent saying they waste at least 30 minutes.

Today’s popular open office environments exacerbate the problem. While open office environments encourage collaboration, studies show they reduce productivity. In fact, 41 percent of workers recently reported that they could not concentrate in their open office environment, leading to an average loss of 86 minutes per day.

Companies that embrace video collaboration tools can help their employees get those valuable minutes back. Many set up informal huddle spaces with video collaboration tools to boost productivity while minimizing distractions, or dedicated video conference or telepresence spaces to improve concentration. Today’s immersive telepresence technologies help conference participants focus on the person speaking, rather than background distractions like a bustling office space.

With varying levels of required investment, integrating video […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Will the Latest Collaboration Technology Render Email Obsolete?

Imagining a workplace without email seems downright impossible. For almost three decades, email has been the top method of communication between employees, business owners, customers, and clients. This gives us hundreds of messages, cc’s, forwarded information, and shared content—all in the course of one typical day.

But the technological realm is evolving toward newer modes of communication, capable of exceeding current standards of internal communication without wasting worker time or energy. In fact, the latest collaboration technologies could overtake email in terms of efficiency, usability, and productivity.

Eliminate Traditional Email Inefficiencies

In 2015, 122 business emails were sent and received per user per day. This figure continues to grow and is expected to average 126 messages by the end of 2019.

So it’s clear that email will never completely go away. Rather, modern businesses need to focus on making the process more efficient. Sifting through inboxes, scanning messages you’re cc’d on, searching emails to retrieve lost information, and organizing correspondence into electronic folders is a major time sink.

Moreover, accidentally replying to mass emails can result in data breaches or confusion, and the only way to create and share content is inefficient through this platform: Saving, altering, and uploading documents, attaching them to emails, and sending them to coworkers is a risky process. Recipients may not see the message and attachments immediately, and even if they do, they may misinterpret what needs correcting. Indeed, the current email system drains employee time—and if these issues aren’t corrected, new technology will take its top spot.

Explore Alternatives to Email

In fact, new technologies are already responding to these problems and making entrepreneurs question why we so heavily rely on email. For example, new cloud platforms for communication not only streamline these processes; they encourage […]

By |April 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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