The Future Of The Workplace Design And The Evolution Of AV Technology

Vipin Pungalia, Director - Professional Segment, Sennheiser India | Monday, 08 March 2021, 10:44 IST

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Vipin Pungalia, Director - Professional Segment, Sennheiser India

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, employees across the globe have settled into the routine of work from home culture. As organisations are starting to plan for future, they are implying SOPs and general guidelines to make a roadmap for the future of work. The pandemic has demystified the process of working from home and a lot of organisations are now transitioning to a hybrid model way of working which combines remote work and office collaboration.

The technological changes especially during and post the COVID world are becoming a deep cultural norm for us as we are witnessing transformation in every aspect of our work -the way we perform our tasks and how we effectively communicate with people across the globe. When the pandemic hit the world, we were aware that the future viability of any organisation will rely on their ability to manage the digital transition rapidly and effectively. It has become imperative for organisations to focus on digital infrastructure and re-think their technological capabilities to ensure a hassle-free adaption to a hybrid working environment.

The innovation and collaboration happen when people meet. Hybrid meetings bring a part of the workforce together physically and enable easier virtual collaboration with remote team members. The global project teams require coordination of employees from different time zones. The introduction of efficient hybrid meeting solutions in the new company culture is a great way to overcome these obstacles and make meetings easier to organise.

Creating a productive hybrid workplace means valuing the needs of employees and the work they do which starts with a re-designed workplace -the one that lends itself to the health and safety along with the inclusion of superior technologies that employees can easily embrace. The new hybrid working model should consist of intelligent workspace experience, the one that ensures productivity, adapt to employee flexibility, and achieve the overall organisation goals while creating a safer environment.

The IT team of an organisation plays a major role in providing a seamless and hassle-free hybrid working experience. They are the ones who ensure the redeployment of technology as employees adjust to new workforce requirements. Now since the teams are dispersed, some office space is under-utilised. During these changes, the IT team can invest in new wireless technology that employees will use to enhance their efficiency while ensuring a safer touch free zone.

Case in point- Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is a ceiling microphone that offers touchless connectivity for conference rooms. The system provides users with a seamless, high-quality audio experience with an adaptive beamforming to pick up the voice of people automatically and reliably which facilitates hybrid work culture environment and prioritises hygiene due to its wireless features. Additionally, with a free firmware update, TeamConnect Ceiling 2 has introduced a voice amplification system- TruVoiceLIft which ensures clear audible in-room audio for boardrooms with many easily controllable features that make for a pleasant and clear listening experience. Also, depending on the size and configuration of the room, additional TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphones can be installed as audience mics, thus creating a completely touchless microphone solution that reduces potential hygiene risks.

The evolving technology have presented organisations with workplace flexibility while ensuring maximum productivity. Investing in cutting edge solutions will aid organisations in seamlessly transitioning into the hybrid mode of working without having to worry about the future crisis.

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