Meeting rooms take centre stage in Australian hybrid workplaces
In its newest , international survey , Barco Clickshare , a global leader in visualisation and collaboration solutions , has surveyed the engagement and needs of Australian employees in meetings and identified five key trends that business decision makers simply cannot afford to ignore when preparing for a flexible , future fit hybrid workplace .
The trends , which are highlighted in Outlook For The Post-Covid Workplace , include :
• Office optimism returns . Back to office scenarios are not only pushed by C-level management , but they are also completely in line with what employees want . More than half of the workforce is ready to return and 92 % were expected to be back in the office one or more days by the end of June 2021 . They want to work less from home than six months ago ( two days in 2020 – 1.5 days in 2021 ).
• The Barco Meeting Barometer takes a plunge as people struggle with an overload of virtual meetings . An index of -25 , compared to + 17 in 2020 and + 63 in 2019 , clearly shows that meetings deteriorate . Fifty-four percent feel remote collaboration does not come naturally .
• The search for more engagement drives us away from virtual . We look for more in-person meetings and less virtual interactions . One in two employees goes back to the office to host a meeting . The preference for hybrid , in-person or virtual meetings depends on the purpose and type of a meeting , as well as on the number of meeting participants . High engagement activities like decision making , solution solving or relationship building require office-based meetings .
• The laptop is our interface to the world . As the preference for people centric tech becomes clearer , the laptop remains the number one tool for 69 % of employees to host videocalls from .