The alarm clock goes off and you clamber out of bed. With narrow eyes, you stumble down the stairs. The acrid smell of fresh coffee invades your nostrils as you open your laptop to start the working day. Your pyjamas? You keep them on, because if you don't have to go to the office, you want to be comfortable. You put on some calming music and start the day. Before you know it, it's 9am and it' s time for your first video meeting. You start up the Zoom or Teams application and turn on the digital background, because nobody needs to know that your clothes from yesterday are still hanging on the chair behind you.
For many people, the situation above became reality over the past year. Offices have mandatory minimum staffing levels, so many employees work from home. Communicating via video calls has become the norm and that comes with both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is obviously that you can keep your pyjamas on, the disadvantage is that you start to miss the human contact.
For the first time in years, we are facing a global crisis that affects the entire world population. We are now one tumultuous year on from the very first lockdown. Words like "the new normal" sound familiar. I believe that we should always challenge the status quo, yet in the business world we see certain trends that give power to these words. More and more companies see that working from home does not guarantee a lower quality or effort from the employees and that this way of working keeps the company activities running perfectly. But what if the pandemic subsides and we can go back to the office? It is now more clear than ever that, just like in the middle of the 19th century, we are on the brink of a new technological revolution.
Soon we will (hopefully) be able to go back to the office, but for many companies it will never be like it used to be. "Two or three days working from home and the rest of the days at the office" is a message that we hear coming from many companies. For our quality of life, this is obviously very beneficial, but how do we handle this so everyone can still communicate with each other?
The answer is: using the right Audio Visual hardware and software; cameras, microphones, speakers and a suitable communication platform. Both home workplaces and meeting rooms will increasingly be equipped with high quality AV equipment, so that people working at home can perfectly collaborate in a video conference with people at the office.