As a result of being forced to work from home during the pandemic, most, if not all, employees are comfortable — even savvy — in the digital environment where they now consider themselves Zoom Wizards or Teams Gurus. But as employees return to a physical workplace and face the new reality of hybrid schedules — where some people attend meetings in person while others are present virtually — their expectations are clouded by uncertainty: What will collaboration in this new, disparate world feel like?
To ease those fears, organizations can choose to reimagine collaboration in a way that’s transformative and rewarding for everyone. For example, one simple, but effective way to promote engagement of virtual attendees to is to solicit their input first. This helps to keep them engaged and promotes teamwork.
Another potent solution is to incorporate technology into huddle rooms that makes virtual employees feel as if they’re physically on site. For example, upgrading to a virtual white board allows remote attendees to see and share ideas as if they were standing in front of the board themselves.
Companies that strive to create inclusive meeting rooms that support hybrid work should consider the following three-step approach:
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