30 mrt. 2022

The power of hybrid classrooms in the hybrid workplace

TRAINING 6 min om te lezen

Are you working hard to make the hybrid work model a success in your organization? Make sure you have a well-thought strategy enabled by dedicated tech solutions and supported by reliable partners. Hybrid classrooms can be part of your hybrid work strategy as versatile, highly-engaging, human-centred technology.

Hybrid-classroom-enabled experiences consist in live sessions with some participants and the instructor present in the classroom and other participants joining remotely. They are made possible by powerful software, a stable internet connection and AV equipment such as cameras, screens and microphones in the physical classroom. 
Hybrid classrooms are versatile solutions and are used in training, be it as the primary method for training or as part of a blended program with participants at times coming all to the physical classroom or joining fully remotely. They are also great solutions for onboarding, all-hands meetings or interactive internal events. 

Why choose a hybrid classroom for your organization?

Exact preferences will vary so consult with employees to find the hybrid work sweet spot before designing your new hybrid workplace. An organization´s headquarters will be less for individual work and more for collaboration between onsite and remote workers. 

New, tech-enabled but efficient and human-centered ways must be devised for training, engaging and onboarding employees, organizing internal meetings and events. 

The hybrid environment should be designed with inclusive collaboration in mind, giving everyone an equal place at the table regardless of location. That might include reducing open spaces and setting up more rooms, equipping them with technology supporting hybrid meetings, training and events: dedicated software and hardware (cameras, microphones, whiteboards, etc.). 

Hybrid classrooms are purpose-built solutions that will add to your employees´ ideal hybrid workplace. They will provide flexibility while maintaining high levels of interaction and in-depth collaboration, for training, all-hands meetings, onboarding or internal events.  
2. Win the war for talent 

A well-designed hybrid working environment featuring purpose-built technology such as a hybrid classrooms can be part of your strategy to engage and drive employee satisfaction and retention, and attract new talent.

Considering resignation rates are at an all-time high, talent managers are facing difficult times. In the US, the Great Resignation has been under way for the best part of 2021 and the phenomenon shows no sign of abating. The rest of the world follows accordingly. A recent Microsoft Work Trend Index report shows that 41% of global workforces consider leaving their employer in the next year.

41% of global workforces consider leaving their employer within a year.

Microsoft Work Trend Index, 2021

The reasons are plenty and while financial compensation or not finding purpose in the current job top the list, the lack of a suitable hybrid work policy is among them.

A US study (Bloomberg News) shows that 39% of workers would consider quitting if their employers proved to be inflexible regarding remote work. The number reached 49% for millennials and Gen Z.In the UK, the situation is similar. 52% of workers stated that they would rather quit their jobs than be forced to go back to the office full time, according to a Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey) study.

Without a well-thought policy in place, redesigned workspaces and purpose-built solutions to enable hybrid successfully, your organization is at risk of a brain drain.

The silver lining? Having a well-functioning hybrid workplace will be a key factor in employee engagement and retention, and in attracting bright, new talent that will take your company forward.  

With a hybrid classrooms your organization will be more likely to retain talent but will be sure to start off the right foot with the newly hired. You can onboard and train them flexibly and immerse them into your organization´s culture via company-wide meetings and events that are engaging and interactive. 


3. Train flexibly and successfully in the age of lifelong learning

Advancements in technology, big data and AI are changing the landscape of work, automating jobs, creating new skill gaps and at the same time making some skills redundant. 

Lifelong learning, upskilling and reskilling are becoming mandatory in the workplace during a fast-paced era where required skills are changing every few years.

L&D must equip their talent with future-proof skills, training them to ensure their company will thrive. 

In the hybrid workplace where employees come to the organization headquarters according to personal preferences, new ways of training must be developed. 71% of employees agree that lifelong learning needs to be delivered flexibly if they are to engage in it. (1)

71% of employees agree that lifelong learning needs to be delivered flexibly if they are to engage in it.

Carrington Crisp, 2021

It´s not only current workers that prefer flexible working and learning. Younger generations are joining the workplace and they demand more remote, flexible, digitalized experiences available at a single tap; but that at the same time have the human factor, are interactive, engaging and collaborative. 

Hybrid classrooms are the perfect enabler of flexibility. Participants join, at the same time, either onsite or online, depending on their preferences or based on an agreed-upon schedule. Are they experiencing any last-minute issues? They can join remotely from any place connected to the internet. 

With a tech solution like hybrid classrooms, you can:

  • access data on attention, engagement and interaction with the material presented and other participants
  • track numbers of sessions, participants and instructors using the hybrid classroom
  • understand how well content is assimilated by participants
  • adjust methods to optimize employee journeys

Gathering data opens the door to personalization and engagement analytics can improve employees performance and instructor efficiency. 

89% of respondents agree or strongly agree that measurement is crucial to improving employee experience.

HR Research Institute, 2021

Barco weConnect hybrid classroom for your perfect hybrid workplace 

Our platform, weConnect, will make your hybrid workplace strategy a sound success.

Whether it´s for training employees, onboarding new hires, internal events or all-hands meetings, the weConnect hybrid classroom enables flexible experiences and seamless, unified sessions.  

Participants enjoy the same experience regardless of being remote or in class, while the instructor does not have to switch between audiences.

Thanks to dedicated features such as multiple content streams, polls and quizzes, meaningful interaction, in-depth collaboration and enhanced attention levels are guaranteed.