What Employees Want in a Collaborative Workplace

As our devices become more like extension of ourselves, employers have to decide how they will accommodate them rather than if they will. Today’s employees want to work the same way they run their day-to-day lives. They want BYOD (bring your own device) and CYOD (choose your own device). They want video conferencing. They want to work collaboratively. And if they don’t have all these capabilities now, they may be growing impatient.

Employees want tools that are collaborative, easy to use, and enhance productivity and innovation. Employers also want tools that support collaboration, productivity, innovation, as well as security, and cost savings. There is a lot of overlap in what everyone wants, yet it’s not always easy for everyone to agree on the right tools to achieve those goals.

To find the answers for your organization, you must first identify how to bridge the gap between what employees want and what your collaboration systems provide. Start by taking inventory. Do your conference room technologies connect with everyone’s personal devices? Can everyone easily collaborate via video? New generations of employees are used to using FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc. to work and communicate.

In one survey, 42 percent of respondents said their laptop camera is good enough for video conferencing in a huddle room. That percentage will likely increase with improved technologies, meaning companies could spend less on huddle room webcams and use that budget on other collaboration technologies. This is a good example of how a little coordination of your collaboration efforts will result in benefits for employee and employer.

Another opportunity for companies to save money and give employees want they want is to put control apps on smartphones or tablets—company or personal—to eliminate the need for expensive touch panels. But many organizations continue to worry about security. However, some companies embrace BYOD because they know employees are going to use the devices regardless of policy. These companies find enterprise collaboration solutions that connect to any device, enhancing security and again cutting costs on company hardware.

Your collaboration technology needs will depend on your business, your goals, and more. When creating a strategy and a culture that supports true collaboration, you’ll want to start by including employees in the decision-making process. It’s also a good idea to work with an AV integrator that can help align technologies with workstyles and goals.

To discover ways to improve collaboration at your company, download “5 Ways to Win: How Mid-Size Companies Use Collaboration Systems and Mobile Devices to Engage Employees and Simplify Group Work.” You can also contact AVI Systems, a full-service integrator, for more information.