Enhancing the BYOD Experience in the Hybrid Workplace

Once an office taboo, BYOD is now the widely accepted norm of the modern workplace.

People can now bring their laptops and tablets into work and enjoy the flexibility that brings – but only if the meeting room technology plays ball.

As hybrid working becomes the standard approach for many organisations, employees’ expectations of their workplace experience are rising.

People want flexibility. People want things to run smoothly. People want the technology to make their lives easier.

Organisations which ignore this or fail to deliver on that enhanced BYOD experience may struggle to create the right environment for greater productivity, effective communication and creative collaboration.

It could also make it more difficult to recruit and retain the best talent.

Understanding the BYOD Needs of Employees

A good starting point to providing an engaging BYOD experience for users is to find out what they need and want.

Organisations serious about supporting their people to be their best should be asking them questions – and listening.

What kind of BYOD experience do you want? What is working right now? What’s not working? What would improve your hybrid meeting and collaborative working experiences?

Smart technology allows organisations to gather data about how meeting rooms and spaces are being used by employees and visitors. That data can help to inform better decision-making around space, office design, furnishings and equipment.

Why would  you not want to give your people the best possible means of excelling in their roles?

Getting Meetings Set Up and Connected Fast

The last thing users want is hassle when setting up and running meetings.

If the BYOD approach means people are having to lug around chargers or sort a tangle of wires and cables to get connected, it’s not going to make their day go smoothly.

Users want a seamless meeting experience.

Smart BYOD technology can provide that seamless meeting experience. It gives people the flexibility to use their laptop to access the AV essentials: camera, speakers, display and microphone. [NOTE: potential to link to relevant product pages on Ascentae website]

An example of the latest ‘plug and meet’ technology is Evoko Delo. It enables each attendee in the room to connect their device using a retractable USB-C cable neatly located in the centre of the table.

As an intelligent meeting room solution, the Evoko Delo connection manager works equally well with any digital meeting platform and in-room video conferencing system. It plays nicely with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and more.

Bringing Creativity to Collaboration

Employees want to spend their time connecting to people, working collaboratively on ideas and projects in a productive, engaging and fun way.

Technology should be facilitating that, not hindering it.

For example, solutions from Mago (formerly Valarea) allow every participant to join any AV conferencing provider meeting with a single tap. Attendees can share content, send meeting notes, and communicate outcomes and actions points with ease.

No hassle. No time lost messing about with cables or connections. Just straight to the task or topic at hand.

The Future is BYOD – Are you BYOD Ready?

As hybrid working and flexible working become the typical everyday experience, the use of BYOD opportunities and employee expectations will rise.

Organisations which do little or nothing to prepare, or offer their people outdated ways of working, are likely to fall behind – and risk losing their best talent.

Investment in ‘future-proof’ solutions now can see gains in productivity, employee engagement and new profitable projects.

Ascentae encourages organisations to do their research, talk to their people, collect some data and ask for advice from BYOD experts.

BYOD is already here. How ready are you?

Talk to us to find out more.

Author: Jon Knight