This year will see your meeting room walls come alive. No more will a traditional whiteboard be the last bastion of analogue in an otherwise digital environment. Next generation whiteboards, says Irwin Lazar of Nemertes, will enter meeting spaces rapidly, systems that allow teams to project, share content, co create, co edit and include remote users.
One of the core objectives of any organisation is to increase productivity.
Improved productivity increases the overall profitability of a company and return on investment when it comes to optimising the utilisation of employee resources and business solutions.
Can you think of a single company that does not have the desire to increase productivity?
Nope, none that I can think of.
If you're in the business of making it easier for people to work together, then there's a chance you might have come across the term Immersive Collaboration in 2016. Certainly this is a term you're going to be hearing a lot more of in 2017.
But what is it and why should you care?
A story about 39 people on 5 continents in 40 spaces, trying to get stuff done.
I recently wrote on a blog post about how workforces are becoming more Nomadic, moving around more than ever before. I said something like:
Now, when we go into work it’s the norm to move from space to space so that we can interact and work with more and more people. You might start the day going to your desk, then to a huddle space, then to a conference room, back to your desk and then check in with a co-worker, who may be sitting down the hall but is just as likely to be at a coffee shop.
Do you ever get to the end of a working week and think to yourself… what have I actually achieved this week?
It’s a truism that we live in a digital world and organisations are creating and producing a huge amount of content: landing pages, design drawings, blueprints, product designs. This content is being produced quicker than ever before, distributed to more locations and reviewed by more people.
When I think of collaboration, a famous quote from Helen Keller comes to mind -
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Effective collaboration can achieve so much more than what one single team member can achieve.
We all want better meetings. Of the 62 Meetings attended monthly by employees, 31 Hours are spent unproductively. And that comes at a cost: an estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings. It’s evident we’re meeting lots but it’s clear we need to learn to meet smarter.
In our latest post, we explore 5 things you can do make your meetings more productive: from ensuring you take good notes, sharing those notes and to using technology like wireless presentation systems for easy screen sharing and reference points.
There are plenty of guides, hints & tips on how to have better meetings, some of them on this very blog – but what could be more important is knowing what’s currently killing your meetings. What’s the problem that you need to fix?
Firsty, let me make a bold statement: Everyone now is a remote worker or mobile worker. I'm basing this on a few assumptions: one, you actualy work from home or off-site or at some point outside of your organisation’s physical space, you answer emails, take calls, read presentations on the train,meet with others at different locations.
This means we are all, in some shape or form, a remote worker. As I said, there are of course those who are actual remote workers, most of the time based elsewhere, whether in a satellite office, at home, co-working spaces or just travelling on the road.
The below diagram gives some stats on Americans who reported working from home. And this is just working from home!