Collaborating for Success: Top 4 Tech Tips
How do we ensure that collaboration can still be productive in the new world of work?
Effective collaboration is a foundation for success in business. Research shows that companies that promote collaborative working are five times as likely to be high performing. But with the workforce now split roughly into thirds - working remotely, in the office and hybrid between the two – the world of work has changed.
 Joint study between the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and Rob Cross, Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College.
So, how do we ensure that collaboration can still be productive in this new world? Now, more than ever, we are reliant on technology and digital workspaces to help bring us together. Here are our top tips for successful collaboration using technology to address the new ways of working.
1. Make it feel real
The key to collaboration in the hybrid world is to make it feel as real as possible. For example, there is nothing more off putting than attending a meeting remotely and not being able to see or hear the other participants clearly. Let’s face it, it’s a collaborative disaster. You feel like an outsider. It’s just not as good as a face-to-face meeting and it curtails your ability to get involved.
But those frustrations should now be a thing of the past. The latest generation video conference solutions have some amazing new technology to make hybrid meetings feel real. Look for solutions that offer the latest 360-degree video with voice and face detection and tracking and options to configure the view. This type of technology ensures that you always see and hear the people speaking just like you are in the room with them.
2. Make it fast and intuitive
We are all busy, with too much to do and not enough time to do it in. So, there is nothing more irritating than attending a meeting and hanging around while everyone gets set-up. The latest generation collaboration solutions should be plug and play.
For presentation and content sharing it should be bring your own device, plug in the dongle, press the button and you’re away. No cables, no software downloads, no fuss. Look for solutions that can handle up to 32 devices and 4 different presenters at a time.
For video conferencing, it should be connect and go. A single USB-C cable connected to the laptop and your video call can start. There should be no need to set-up cameras and mess around with the sound. But for those that want to personalise their experience, look for solutions that offer apps for easy customisation and management.
3. Easy on the eyes
There is no excuse for grainy visuals and lagging video. The latest video conferencing and presentation systems should be delivering high quality content with HD and 4K resolution and zero video latency. Crystal clear images capture the imagination and set our creative juices flowing. For the best collaborative output, make sure the visuals are easy on the eyes.
4. Keep it simple
Take the pain out of collaborating by making sure all your technology solutions are designed to work together. The latest collaboration solutions from manufacturers like Panasonic are designed to work together seamlessly from video conferencing and presentation systems to projectors and displays. Need to project your meeting or presentation onto a large screen in a conference room or auditorium? No problem. Want to show your remote meeting participants and content on separate displays? Not an issue. Want to use interactive touchscreen displays with multiple participants to brainstorm your thinking? It’s a breeze.
Panasonic is leading the market with the latest generation collaboration solutions for business and education. Why not find out more about how you can create collaboration success for your organisation?
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