How Video Technology Is Changing the WorkplaceThe way that we conduct business is changing at the pace of technological advancement. Telecommuting is becoming a mainstream option for employees, incentivizing business leaders to invest in technology that binds mobile workforces together. According to research conducted by Quora Consulting, 77 percent of companies surveyed have a culture that is conducive to challenging current workplace practices, while only 19 percent reported that they haven’t implemented “forward-thinking strategies.”

Video technology can to revolutionize the workplace, but only if it’s implemented wisely. Information technology departments and business leaders should take steps to ensure that technological innovations are intuitive and easy to adopt. The right technology has the potential to change the workspace—streamlining work processes, maximizing worker efficiency, and driving innovation. 

A Mobile Workforce Presents Challenges (and Opportunities)

The ways we conduct business have gone beyond the brick and mortar office building. Our businesses are becoming more globalized, allowing human resources directors to recruit top talent from all around the nation (and even the globe). With a mobile workforce, information technology leaders need to be creative when it comes to bringing their employees together. A cohesive workforce can help achieve innovation that spurs growth.

Video technology offers a variety of solutions for improvements in the workplace:

  • Most of us carry video-enabled technology in our pockets. Encouraging employees to use their mobile technology to tap into live-streaming video or virtual meetings can keep your workforce connected, no matter where they are.
  • Virtual (Reality) meetings. Devices such as Google Cardboard are cost-effective ways for employees to achieve the authenticity of a face-to-face interaction without leaving their homes. What was once only imagined on the TV series “The Jetsons” is becoming a reality for business leaders.

While the mobile workforce has its advantages, it also presents unique challenges. As the number of employees working remotely continues to grow, businesses will have to review how much money they are spending needlessly on office space. Companies will have to continue to be realistic about the kinds of space they need this year and beyond.

The Digital Workspace Will Make Businesses Evolve

By 2018, it’s estimated that most organizations will have to incorporate digital elements into their workspaces to survive. In other words, if you aren’t already making technological changes to your businesses, you may already be behind the curve.

Workers are becoming more “consumer-like” when it comes to the way that they do business – they are increasingly tech-savvy and expect the same kind of technology to be implemented in their workspaces. If IT leaders don’t incorporate elements such as digital video collaboration, they’ll only be producing less engaged workers. Companies can’t afford to overlook technological innovation in the workplace.

It’s clear we will continue to see more widespread adoption of mobile and video technology from companies in every industry. The remote workforce will keep growing, and IT departments will have to evaluate their long-term communication strategies. How is your business adapting to these changes we’ve seen so far in 2016?

At Advanced AV we empower live meetings and remote collaboration by deploying the technology that helps your organization connect, communicate and engage with its customers, employees and stakeholders. Connect with us to find out more about how Advanced AV can help you achieve your business and technology goals.

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