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Why choose a hybrid or virtual solution for training workforces? 

Overcome the challenges of hybrid meeting equity with some very simple tips:

Workspace Transformation
Inclusive meeting & learning in the hybrid workplace
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Even before the Covid-19 crisis disrupted healthcare systems worldwide, some clear trends had already started that are continuing today at a quickened pace.

Welcoming a hybrid workforce in the offices brings new challenges for businesses and one of those is to ensure all employees feel included and have an equal share of voice in the organization regardless of their location.

Creating an inclusive workplace will improve employee experience, retention and attract talent to your organization, and overall support your organization thrive.

According to McKinsey (2020) the topmost ethnical and culturally diverse organizations outperformed the bottom by 36% in profitability. In terms of gender parity, the same report found that organizations with over 30% women executives were more likely to outperform organizations with few to no women executives by 48%.

With the right approach, well-thought space design and powerful technology at the heart of any hybrid workplace, organizations can make sure everyone gets a seat at the hybrid table.

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1. Put people first in any meeting. There are several meeting hacks to keep everyone involved, no matter where they are.

2. Equip every workspace with high-quality audio & video. Next to the home office basics, every meeting space should be redesigned with a good camera, mics, speakers and a display.

3. Invest in tools that allow true collaboration. Make sure everyone sees the same content both on screen and remote thanks to wireless screen sharing solutions to ensure equal opportunities for all to contribute and make hybrid meetings a seamless, simple experience for all users.

1 in 3 workers struggles to feel heard during hybrid meetings, amplifying calls for improved meeting inclusion.

Training employees in a hybrid or virtual mode removes specific barriers to training and opens the doors to broader and more diverse groups of learners by:

  • bringing together more diverse cohorts of learners due to the scaling potential to global capacity. Participants from all organizational headquarters can attend programs that were beyond their reach for many.
  • allowing for more accessible and flexible learning, enabling those who cannot afford to interrupt their career or have other impairments, to continue their studies. Participants join from any space connected to internet, watch recordings or attend evening, weekend or lunch break classes.
  • lowering costs in terms of travelling, accommodation and catering but also rental space, maintenance and paper
  • making all personalities shine. For example, they are excellent methods for more introverted participants who would prefer not to share their thoughts in a face-to-face setting.

You need an organization that fosters increased focus. Smaller teams help to increase efficiency and make responsibilities clearer. Working with one large team on a new development, for a long period of time, is proven to be less efficient, because the increased complexity disallows agility. Small teams, working together following the sprint-methodology with a delivery every 2 weeks, are very agile and productive. There is an increased team spirit and feeling of responsibility, which helps to propel the development forward. And this feeling of progress is what motivates people, making them proud of their efforts. I’m a dedicated evangelist of the ‘servant leadership’ principle, in which leaders put the needs of the employees first and help them to perform. This differs from traditional leadership, in which the staff serves the leader. Scrum and Agile management methods are examples of servant leadership.

I feel that at Barco we are taking great steps in the right direction. We have great people, and the introduction of sprint processes in several teams has given very good results. Of course, there is still a road ahead of us … I’m dedicated to helping this company take the next important steps.

What is needed to turn a company around?

1 in 3 workers struggles to feel heard during hybrid meetings, amplifying calls for improved meeting inclusion.

Actually, everything is driven by customer expectations. The ‘I know what my customer needs’ approach that is embedded in so many business leaders, no longer applies. If a customer doesn’t need something, he will not buy it. Plus, it needs to be available at the moment the customer wants it. In other words, manufacturers are no longer in a position to scan the market, make a business case, develop a product for more than a year, and then bring it to the market and expect to wow the world. People will have moved on by then. So as a company you need to be constantly innovating, developing while the market evolves, and have the solution ready when people need it. A cloud strategy is therefore very important, as it allows very quick deployment.

So the operational efficiency is driven by customer expectations?

Barco’s Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) Marc Spenlé shares his vision on the digital transformation and what it means for Barco.

Welcoming a hybrid workforce in the offices brings new challenges for businesses and one of those is to ensure all employees feel included and have an equal share of voice in the organization regardless of their location.

Creating an inclusive workplace will improve employee experience, retention and attract talent to your organization, and overall support your organization thrive.

According to McKinsey (2020) the topmost ethnical and culturally diverse organizations outperformed the bottom by 36% in profitability. In terms of gender parity, the same report found that organizations with over 30% women executives were more likely to outperform organizations with few to no women executives by 48%.

With the right approach, well-thought space design and powerful technology at the heart of any hybrid workplace, organizations can make sure everyone gets a seat at the hybrid table.

Inclusive meeting & learning in the hybrid workplace
Workspace Transformation