Revolutionizing Return to Work with Microsoft Teams Rooms

As we emerge from a world transformed by a global pandemic, the way we work is changing rapidly. Remote work, once thought of as an exception, has become a permanent fixture in the professional landscape, ushering in a new era of hybrid work arrangements that demand innovative solutions. Microsoft Teams Rooms are at the forefront of this transformation, offering a beacon of hope for organizations navigating the uncharted waters of a hybrid work environment.

Remote Work by the Numbers

Forbes collected data and published their findings on remote work in 2023:

  • 7% of full-time employees work from home.
  • 2% work in a hybrid model.
  • 98% of workers want to work remotely at least some of the time.
  • 57% of workers would look for a new job if they couldn’t work remotely.
  • 65% say they want to work remote all the time.
  • 53% of remote workers say it’s harder to feel connected to their co-workers.
  • 32% of hybrid workers report they would take a pay cut to work remotely full time.

Microsoft Teams Meeting RoomThe statistics paint a clear picture – workers prefer remote work. How then do businesses get employees back into the office? The solution is to create an environment that attracts, one where people want to be, one where it exceeds, not just meets, employees’ expectations. How do you do that?

Create an Irresistible Workplace

Today’s office space should reflect the changing needs and expectations of employees. Modern office design is critical to accomplish this. Open, well-lit spaces with ergonomic furniture provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Huddle rooms also play a significant role. These small, flexible meeting spaces foster collaboration and can be outfitted to fit the needs of the business. Legrand has partnered with Microsoft to create pre-configured designs for Microsoft Teams Rooms. These work for new construction, as well as retrofits, and provide both comfort and inclusivity. No more awkwardly flipping between facing the camera and turning to the table to write something down.

Combine this with MaxHub’s new XT series, and it’s easy for an employee to go into the office, pop into a huddle room, start their meeting, and start getting things done. The tabletop touch screen allows a person to simply press a button and get the meeting started or pull up the whiteboard on a MaxHub ViewPro display and start brainstorming. The XT series is compatible with Extron, so you can even use it to control everything else in the room. Making collaboration and comfort the forefront of huddle room design entices employees to go back to the office by making their lives easier. They have the peace of mind that the additional hurdles of fumbling with wires and dongles to get started is now a relic of the past. They have the opportunity to reestablish that connection with their peers in-person in a space that’s welcoming, while still including those that can’t be there physically. Huddle rooms designed with Microsoft Teams are an essential tool for bridging the gap between remote and in-office team members.

MTR in Other Verticals

These designs aren’t limited to the office. Any place where collaboration happens is an opportunity to enhance the space with a Microsoft Teams Room. Transform a college library meeting room to allow collaboration with distant learners, making them feel more included in the college experience. Set up a huddle room in a house of worship to include those that can’t attend in-person services. Build one in a hospital so doctors can coordinate with specialists across the globe to deliver better patient care.

Delivering positive experiences is essential, whether that be when dealing with customers, stakeholders, or even your own employees. Any place where collaboration happens is a place that can be enhanced with a Microsoft Teams Room. The better the experience, the easier it is to get work done, and the more fulfilling connections people make lead to better outcomes for businesses and better wellbeing for employees. Microsoft is dedicated to that.

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Jeff Month

BDM – Brand Specialist

Supported Manufacturers: MAXHUB

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