How technology will reimagine the meeting room of tomorrow

    As companies navigate new hybrid working arrangements, technologies that allow for an inclusive, productive and collaborative workplace will reign supreme in this continuing pandemic reality.

    Flexibility for remote and hybrid work has become a major focus for organizations seeking to attract and retain top talent, according to Gartner’s top strategic technology trends for 2021.

    So, what does this mean for the traditional meeting room?

    It indicates that employers will have to embrace innovative tools to support their remote operations in order to cater to the evolving needs of the modern workforce.

    From high-quality desktop monitors and touchscreen display boards to mobile devices that provide a desktop-like experience, technology is the key to reimagining what the office of tomorrow might look like.

    Inclusive and Collaborative

    Those who worked remotely prior to the pandemic should be particularly excited about these newly configured meeting rooms. After years of seeing their images consigned to a small box on a monitor, they are already reaping the benefits of new collaboration tools, such as Samsung’s lineup of interactive digital displays. These large, wall-hung devices engage all team members by enabling them to review documents, digitally share and save notes, make presentations, and push content from their devices to the screen for all to see.

    Read: “The Technology-powered Pivot: Digital Game-changers in the New Mobile Workplace”

    “There are many critical roles played by technology, but one of the most important is to ensure a productive work experience for employees, whether they are in the office or working from home,” says Mary Peterson, Vice President, IT & Enterprise Solutions, Samsung Canada.

    “Companies need to ensure they are providing the right tools to support the modern hybrid workplace. With Samsung’s innovative digital display solutions, today’s businesses can elevate their employees’ collaboration from the office to the home.”

    That’s why many companies are keen to embrace the reimagined meeting room by re-evaluating their communication solutions to accommodate a global workforce with offices in a range of time zones. Emerging technologies offer great promise in replacing real-time meetings and phone calls with recorded videos, messaging, and other asynchronous platforms that create an immersive, true-to-life meeting experience.

    Engagement and Community

    As remote work continues, companies need help keeping their employees engaged. Audiovisual technology allows people to interact effectively in virtual environments through messaging channels, video and audio conferencing, webcams, knowledge portals, and other online solutions.

    Technology also plays an important role in fostering a sense of community in a hybrid work environment. In addition to reinforcing a company’s culture and promoting productivity, technology connects people in a way that builds trust, clarifies expectations, and encourages collaboration – all essential factors for successful meetings and employee engagement.

    Timely and Critical

    At the beginning of the pandemic, new and evolving technologies saved the day when employees were unable to gather together in-person in front of a whiteboard. Today, they continue to offer critical supports. Next-generation conference rooms may look different and offer previously unimaginable opportunities, but one thing is certain: digital tools will continue to be a game-changer as we move forward.

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    Suzanne Robicheau
    Suzanne Robicheau is a communications specialist based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where working remotely continues to fuel her passion for new mobile technologies -- especially on snowy days.