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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 .
work culture , redesign the workplace and invest in usability and technology fully in sync with employee needs . Business leaders will need to focus on making a real impact on business outcomes starting from an employee centric mindset .”
The Barco report on Outlook For The Post-Covid Workplace includes three main takeaways that will enable decision makers to anticipate and keep ahead of competition , as they shape the hybrid workplace moving forward . These include :
• Re-connecting with the organisation and with colleagues is crucial for employee engagement and retention . Sixty percent of employees think their employer should start preparing for hybrid work now .
• One size does not fit all . Not all meetings are equal , not all employees have the same needs or requirements for collaboration . There are many differences across generations , gender , department and

THE EMERGING HYBRID WORKPLACE ISN ’ T JUST ABOUT SIMPLY GOING BACK TO OUR OLD WAYS OR ABOUT DRASTICALLY CHANGING PRESENT DAY , VIRTUAL HABITS . seniority level . Companies need to develop workplace strategies that allow for this kind of flexibility and empower employees to work the way they want .
• Bring Your Own Meeting ( BYOM ) is the employee ’ s preferred choice for connecting to the world and to co-workers . The laptop is the heart of the meeting room ecosystem and employees want to work with wireless and touchless meeting room tech that allows BYOM . Eighty-one percent believe that easy-to-use technology can make for a better meeting .
Cardile added : “ The emerging hybrid workplace isn ’ t just about simply going back to our old ways or about drastically changing present day , virtual habits . It will be a careful balance between employee needs and business goals . For Australian businesses to daily bridge the gap between in-office and remote workers and allow them to be truly productive in meetings , both a change in work culture and technology investments like usability , BYOM and video solutions , will be crucial .
“ As the return to the office gathers momentum , there ’ s no better time to start investing in an employee centric work model . This includes enabling Bring Your Own Meeting in meeting rooms , implementing flexible work and installing easy-touse , worker centric collaboration technology . Only with the focus on usability and engagement in hybrid meeting solutions will businesses be able to move forward at the pace they have set out to achieve .” �
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