Engaging with an audience requires dialogue – and that does not happen easily in large group settings
So, today, organisations place less emphasis on formal ‘presentations’ and more dynamic and engaged discussions
With more emphasis on smaller group collaborations often a team will gather around a screen to share info
It enables them to share content and (more importantly) to add the team’s insights in real time so everyone is on the same page
The shared perspective that emerges in real time can shift the dynamic of the meeting, resulting in shorter meetings yet higher engagement
And because everyone can see the same screen, there is less need to print handouts to share information (so you can save a forest)
In an open plan office, noise pollution can drain the energies of colleagues who need to concentrate, leading to protocols to avoid discussions at the desk
Instead, team members need to find a work-space they can use for impromptu catch-ups or planned meetings – and often they need that to happen around a shared-screen
Increasing the percentage of standing-height furniture in the workspace can prompt team members to reduce their sitting time at work, helping everyone to achieve a healthier state of wellness
The Shape-Classic Media-hub system fosters small team interactions in the workspace using a shared-screen to promote shared insights
The Shape-Classic media-hub leaner includes a table at standing height plus an integrated media-wall (for your monitor)
It is ideal for interactive sessions that involve collaborative focus work as well as team discussions, especially stand-up meetings and huddles
With the addition of this purposeful workspace-furniture, individuals can take few steps away from the desk to continue their discussions
It provides a spacial (rather than acoustic-absorbing) solution to the problem of noise pollution
The ability to position the media-hub in the centre of the room or against a wall can liberate the workspace designer
You can use the media-wall component of the hub to help define a space in the middle of the room
Whether you position the hub near a floor or wall outlet, you will appreciate the extensive cable-management system in both the media-wall and table-top components
Use the inset power and data box and integrated cable management system to manage the cables and leads that come with the screen and participants’ devices
Add your monitor using the screen fixing-system that is an integral part of the hub design
Access the cables for the monitor through any of the hinged doors (at rear and sides) of the media wall
See your team members highly-engaged in generating, debating or sharing content – not rearranging furniture or tripping over cables
Create an inspiring space that signals the contemporary stance of your team and the importance you place on their shared insights
Shape-Classic Media-hub leaner comprises a media-wall component (with cable management) integrated with a meeting-table at standing height (with inset power and data box). This specialist workspace furniture includes:
Meeting-table/ leaner component with integrated power and data box:
Set at standing-height and supported by a weighted disc-base
Frame to the underside of table-top to fix to wall and hide cables.
CMS Power Plus’ power box with 4 x power and provision for data
CMS 3000mm three-pin starter-lead
Cut-out in table so the power and data module can sit flush with top surface
Table-top in Melteca options, with natural timber veneers possible
Metal disc-base with a stainless-steel or powder-coat finish
Supporting fins under to strengthen top and conceal cables
Media-wall component has:
Fitted TV-mount bracket (to suit 47-50″ monitor)
Hinged doors to back for cable access above 750H, fixed panel below
Hinged doors for side access
Non-standard finishes possible, including natural timber veneers
Table base finished in black powder-coat (non-standard options possible)
The world has changed, and while this presents a number of challenges, the solutions we engineer will generate new opportunities, not least in how we revolutionise the office, but in a way that not only saves time and money, it needs to deliver massive benefits for our health, wellbeing and productivity also.
What is hybrid working?
It’s a combination of old and new. It blends the traditional way of working, as we know it in the office, with modern technology. Ideal hybrid working is tailor-made to fit your personal situation as well as your business needs.In essence, it allows staff to work from home or the office from day to day, or even within a workday. A company can give workers the freedom to choose when they’ll come into the office, or schedule a rotation, so there’s always a presence in the office while everyone is still getting the job done. This optimisation means better time management…
If we go back to the days of our grandparents, they had to travel to work to and from work daily. Before the internet, this was the case for everyone, except for perhaps a few telemarketers. It kicked off with the industrial revolution where everything was about units of production (even people). But the industrial revolution, with all its excesses and exploitations, is long gone.With a choice of working in the office, or working from home, everyone can save time by not having to travel. A worker can be online and connected five minutes after they’ve woken up if they like.Not only does this eliminate the end-of-day commute, which doesn’t help anybody’s mental health, but considers the benefits to health, safety and the environment when there are fewer vehicles on the road.At the same time, meetings can be organised and held in a matter of minutes, rather than waiting for everyone to gather together after setting space aside to host the meeting.Time is saved on an individual level, as well as for the company because workers can be set tasks and brought into meetings instantly.Having part of the workforce at home also means savings on space, infrastructure, utilities and rent.
Companies can vastly reduce costs by reducing the resources required to house a full workforce day to day. According to research by Global Workplace Analytics, hybrid working can save a firm up to $17,000 New Zealand per employee, per year.Less office space is needed if workers come in on alternating days. A business could hold half the workforce they used to on a given day or even just have a small office for high-priority interactions.For a business, this means less spent on rent, maintenance, and even office amenities such as stationery, cleaning supplies, and coffee. On the worker’s side, it means costs saved on travel, parking and maintaining a closet of work clothes for each day of the week.
Peace of mind
By saving both time and money, hybrid working also creates a greater peace of mind. With more time for everyone, money saved, pressure is eased, and the quality of life at a company improves.A happier workforce is a more motivated and focused workforce. This means an overall improvement in performance, both in how things get done and those getting them done.
It’s then safe to say that hybrid working is revolutionising the office by making it more than a place and transforming it into a new, faster, more efficient, and cost-effective way in which to get business done.Setting up a hybrid office is a science on its own. VisitShape Commercial and Interior workspace solutions for more information.