The new buzz words for remote working bingo. “Video Conference Fatigue”. Many of us have seen the way we work change since the end of March, with many organisations shuttering their offices whilst we were asked to “Stay Home” During this time we have all evolved and embraced working from home and getting the most from the technology afforded to us by our organisations. With organisations looking to firstly allow staff to work remotely, but look towards a new “Work from Anywhere” world.
During this period, We have lost count of the number of Video Calls that have been made, still meeting customers in the new “Face to Face” world from the comfort of your home (or when the weather was nice the garden chair). We are now all used to seeing our colleagues, customers, etc in our 3×3 view (soon to be 7×7), but Microsoft have announced a raft of enhancements coming to your Teams environment during August. All aimed at improving the in-meeting experience depending on the reason for the meeting.
For example, using their AI engine, Microsoft are introducing Together mode where meeting participants can sit around a Virtual table, Coffee Bar or even in an Auditorium. Looking to make this more like a real meeting whilst we can’t meet in each other’s offices or coffee shops.
The idea is that it makes understanding who is speaking in the meeting easier for participants as it is a more natural setting. It will also allow users to notice subtleties we don’t necessarily see in attendees body language during the a video call/meeting, maybe because we are focusing on the person speaking, not necessarily focusing on the whole room.
This new experience will roll out during August.
Another for remote working bingo! We are slowly working our way out of lockdown, with many businesses planning re-opening offices, having shift patterns or in some instances, have staff book desks if they want to be in the office.
During our recent webinar – The Impact of Teams on the New Normal, this was highlighted in our live polls where 81% of attendees said they would have a phased return with some home working and some in the office.
That in itself poses problems:-
All of these are easy to solve, however some less so. Meeting rooms as an example, how many people are able to socially distance in these rooms? Is the technology available to hold a Teams meeting?
During the August updates, there is a focus on the going back to the office and minimising the risk to the individuals. Introducing contactless meetings, allowing you to start meetings from your individual device or using Cortana speech recognition. The most impressive feature from a safety perspective is the room monitoring, where the meeting will notify you if there are to many people in the physical meeting room. Teams is looking out for your well-being.
Certainly the way we are working has changed and potentially forever. We are utilising collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams more than ever and it is important for any organisation to ensure that this continues whatever our “New Normal” looks like.
We will be running the second in our series of Teams Live Events Webinars on Tuesday 28th July – focusing on efficiencies within Teams.
Please register if you would like to join us in Teams to see how it can also drive efficiencies in the business whilst also helping keeping us all connected during this period.
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