July 16, 2020
4 min read
Conference rooms are being phased out. Individual pods and open-concept offices are being reengineered with plexiglass for greater separation. Meetings are virtual, even if you’re connecting with the neighbor one cubicle over, to increase workplace safety. As organizations are beginning to move workers back to the office and taking specific steps to keep their workers safe, key building layouts and processes are changing.
Wireless presentation systems and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies ensure that each individual has the best possible employee experience while enabling remote connection, productive meetings, and effective collaboration — in the office, at home, or in any other environment. Here are four things to know about the future of wireless presentation systems and BYOD policies.
Bring Your Own Device Policies Are on the Rise
Even before the events of 2020 accelerated a shift to remote work, Bring Your Own Device policies were on the rise. Research from Bitglass found that 85% of organizations support BYOD policies in at least parts of their business. Companies are likely to continue a widespread adoption of BYOD as employees transition back to working in offices.
Employees who use their own devices can work more easily from anywhere, and shift to remote work more quickly in the face of unexpected change. The ability to choose and maintain your own devices also limits contact with surfaces others have touched. These reasons will increase the demand for BYOD policies and continue to accelerate the rate at which companies adopt them.
Maximize Flexibility with a Wireless Presentation System
BYOD policies offer several advantages, but also create challenges for companies hosting virtual events. As organizations decide how to facilitate better virtual meetings, especially those that have an in-office component, wireless presentation systems are a cornerstone technology. Traditional presentation systems require that a specific device is plugged into a projector, and often require specialty cables and installed software.
Ensuring that every employee who might be hosting a presentation — whether an internal event or a client-facing one — has access to these components is difficult on BYOD devices. A wireless presentation system vastly simplifies the process. Presenters plug a small device into their laptop or computer, hit a button, and then share the content they want to present.
Integrate with Existing AV Systems
With wireless connections, presenters can integrate with an on-site AV system and project videos, presentations, and other content directly to on-site screens. Whether employees are calling in to an event or watching from a remote office, wireless presentation systems offer a “plug-and-play” solution that eliminates the need for cables, downloading apps, or complex IT support.
By creating the ability to seamlessly connect to existing AV solutions, wireless presentation systems ensure that you offer the best in visuals, sounds, and collaboration from any device. Panasonic’s wireless presentation systems offer two types of receivers: an Intel SDM standard receiver that fits into the expansion slots on compatible AV technology, and an STB type receiver that can connect to systems via a simple HDMI cable.
Showcase how the right system can support high image quality, sound capabilities, and more to help improve the employee experience and eliminate some of the feelings of being separated.
Wireless Presentation and Fostering Collaborative Meetings
Gartner Research found that wireless presentation systems are one of the top 10 technologies for improving BYOD collaboration. Collaborative meetings are easier with the right wireless presentation systems. Today’s leading systems allow users to switch between multiple computers, so whoever is leading a specific portion of the discussion can broadcast their screen to participants.
Strategies for Making the Most of Wireless Presentation Systems
Making the most of a wireless presentation system’s capabilities — especially when you’re navigating BYOD policies — requires some planning. Here are strategies that can help your team get up to speed quickly and efficiently:
- Provide basic training on the features of wireless presentation systems so your company’s leaders or regular presenters have a base of knowledge on how to operate the systems. Guidelines on which device types and brands your system is compatible with and how to use it can help you maximize ROI.
- Address common misconceptions about wireless presentation systems: They don’t require special software or special cables, and you can integrate with existing AV solutions for engaging presentations. By showing your team these solutions are easy to use, they’re more likely to incorporate them into their ongoing communications plans.
- Focus on the advantages of collaborative features and how wireless presentation systems can facilitate better communication and smoother workflows. Simple features such as the ability to support multiple presenters and easily change who is sharing their screen can build confidence and help teams find new ways to work together.
- Showcase how different technology solutions work together to overcome common challenges. For example, could you combine a wireless presentation system and a chat application to project an employee presentation in-house, while also maintaining a dialogue with remote workers? Focus on different use cases that are relevant to your business, and help employees imagine how technologies can help break down barriers.
Adapting your office to maximize worker safety in the months ahead might require some reimagining of your physical space. But that doesn’t need to hamper your ability to collaborate, connect, or hold immersive and engaging events.
By embracing the latest trends in office technology, from BYOD policies to wireless presentation systems, you’ll be establishing the foundation to create the collaborative, immersive experiences your employees demand.
Ready to learn how a wireless presentation system can help keep your team connected and working together, even in a redesigned office environment? Visit Panasonic to learn more about the latest technologies available.