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2021/08/26

3 easy steps to equip your meeting room

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The biggest asset of any company is its workforce. Employees collaborate to push a business forward. And what better place to collaborate, than in an actual meeting room? Now that both remote and in-office workers have joined the conversation, our meetings look different. And so should our meeting spaces. In just 3 simple steps you can create a smart room ecosystem, turning any meeting room into a hybrid meeting room.

Employees are craving engagement and social interaction in their job. The office is where they look to find that, especially when it comes to meetings. 1 out of 2 employees takes a trip to the office when they have to host a meeting, and they expect that 81% of all meetings will be hybrid or face-to-face in the future.

Facilitating a hybrid meeting room where employees come together no matter where they are, at home or in the office, will be crucial for the success of your business.

Tech at the heart of the hybrid meeting room

As 71% of workers struggle with hybrid meetings today, the right technology is a must to enable efficient hybrid meetings. It's the heart of the hybrid meeting room where remote workers and in-office workers are connected effortlessly. Video conferencing technology is your main and first investment priority. But it can be a challenge to make different technologies work together seamlessly. 57% of employees have trouble connecting to the display and only 26% find it easy to connect to cameras and speakers.

That’s why it is important to transform existing spaces with a well-balanced meeting room ecosystem. A meeting room ecosystem is essentially the whole of technologies, hardware and software, that is needed to create productive and engaging video collaboration. By equipping smart rooms with the right tools that work together in perfect sync, you enable an optimal collaborative experience.

3 steps to take to create the best hybrid meeting room ecosystem possible

1. Reflect before you invest

  • What solutions do you already have installed?


    Audio and video devices, displays, UC&C platform(s), productivity and control tools: do you want to keep using the current devices or do they need an upgrade?

    All new tech investments should be compatible with existing setups, ideally. Did you know a wireless content-sharing and conferencing solution like ClickShare can function as the heart of your entire meeting room ecosystem? Find out more on the compatibility of peripherals with ClickShare.

  • Which UC&C platform will you be using?Is it Zoom? Microsoft Teams? Both or more?


    There’s is the option to go for a single preferred solution companywide. A straightforward choice, but not always the easiest one. Because customers, suppliers, sub-contractors or freelancers might be using another solution instead. On average, people used six different conferencing solutions in the last six months. So, it might be good to roll out a Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM) strategy and allow employees to connect with whatever UC&C solution they want.

  • What are your meeting rooms used for?


    Time spent in a meeting room should be time well spent. How to make that happen? By equipping your meeting rooms for what they’re actually being used for. A meeting’s purpose can vary a great deal, from presenting and informing to co-creating. So, make sure your meeting room setup is compatible with the meetings the users are having. That way, your conference room setup sparks creativity, innovation and smooth collaboration.

2. Choose peripherals to enable a true hybrid video experience

In smaller spaces like huddles, the setup can be more compact like for example an all-in-one device. There are many players in the market selling these AV solutions, so possibly not all meeting room tech is from the same manufacturer.

You will need a good camera, mics, speakers and a display. Which devices and audio & video solutions fit your meeting room usually depends on the size.

The bigger the space (like a boardroom) the more extensive your AV peripherals need to be in order for everyone to be heard and seen. 

In smaller spaces like huddles, the setup can be more compact like for example an all-in-one device. There are many players in the market selling these AV solutions, so possibly not all meeting room tech is from the same manufacturer.

65% of employees struggle to figure out different setups and how to connect to them when moving between different rooms. There are just too many cables, too many control panels, too many user experiences. Make it as easy as possible and preferably wireless.

A wireless conferencing solution like ClickShare Conference ties all technologies in any room together, like a hub, in one easy, seamless and wireless way. Moreover, ClickShare is agnostic (indeed, no vendor lock-in): it works with any device (laptop, tablet, smartphone), any UC&C platform (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex by Cisco) and has the widest compatibility with different AV peripherals in the market.

But maybe you already have existing fixed conference room setups, like Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Webex by Cisco conference rooms? ClickShare Present is then exactly what you need to bring the user experience and collaboration in these rooms to the next level by introducing seamless wireless content sharing with full BYOD, interactivity features and workflow integration.