Workplace productivity is a big topic these days, especially as distractions like smartphones and social media become more and more prevalent. There’s no turning the clock back on technology, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, technology is your biggest ally when it comes to tackling the most challenging productivity drains.
According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the biggest losses of productivity in offices are due to poor, missed, or misunderstood communications. And those losses are big. Studies on companies both large and small have shown that communication issues account for hundreds of thousands (and even millions) in losses each year.
Fortunately, advances in technology have made solutions possible, and companies all across the country, like the, offer a range of systems and services to solve whatever communication issues your office is struggling with.
Enhancing Meeting Spaces
If you were to take a random survey of employees from all different companies, you would probably find that they all have at least one thing in common: they hate meetings. It’s not that employees don’t like being around each other (hopefully, anyway), but rather they hate wasting time, and meetings can become unproductive and wasteful very quickly.
By introducing state-of-the-art presentation systems into your office’s meeting spaces and huddle rooms, you create the opportunity for your company’s leaders to make much more engaging presentations that keep everyone in attendance on the same page. When the meeting participants are captivated, there is less need to repeat information or to answer questions that were covered in the original presentation. This saves time, and as a bonus, if presentations are exciting, you’ll find that employees actually want to come to meetings.
The other issue with meetings in this day and age is that many offices include remote employees. For remote workers to participate in meetings, they either need to travel (which costs a fortune), or call in (which is frustrating with outdated or inoperable technology). Telecommunication and video conferencing systems are always becoming more advanced, and if your office hasn’t had an update in a while, it might be time. The latestsystems work so seamlessly, you’ll likely barely notice that some—or all—of the meeting participants are all the way across the country. It’ll feel like they’re right there in the room.
Increasing Face-time with Clients
Integrated AV solutions aren’t just for improving in-office communication. They can help with clients, too. Some client communications are simply better handled in-person, but it can be costly and inefficient to constantly be bringing clients into the office.
Imagine what it would be like to have a custom-built integrated video conferencing system that serves your office’s specific needs and that allows you to meet face-to-face with clients across the country and around the world. Not only that, but imagine a system that functions reliably time after time! The chances for miscommunication would be greatly reduced, saving your company money and stress (and time wasted on constant calls to tech support).
Do It Right: Work with a Professional AV Company
As theat Fluid Sound are careful to point out, the key to implementing a successful video conferencing system (or any integrated AV system) is that it is professionally designed and installed. True communications solutions are not one-size-fits-all products. Each company has different needs based on space, how the system will be used, and of course, budget.
When considering AV companies in your area, pay special attention to how they work with their clients. Do they handle the entire job from the initial consultation to the design to the installation to the programming? Or do they contract parts of it out? There are plenty of reputable companies across the country, but if you’re looking for a custom solution that is going to offer you the highest level of quality and consistency, consider a company like Fluid Sound that completes the job in-house, from start to finish.
Another advantage to working with a company that takes care of every step of the process is that they’re generally more invested in the clients they work with and how the systems function once completed. Most boutique AV companies stay engaged with their clients and offer follow-up support to ensure that the solutions continue to work as intended.
With the help of the right professionals, you could soon be on your way to much-improved workplace communication, and with that, you will see productivity and morale soar. Yes, there will always be new kinds of distractions due to technology, but the good news is that technology also provides some of the best solutions—solutions that will only continue to improve for years to come.