5 steps to address hybrid meeting equity

5 steps to address hybrid meeting equity

Meeting equity is more than how you appear on camera. Follow these five steps to ensure hybrid meetings are engaging, productive and equitable for all employees.

The future of work is hybrid. Only 20.5% of companies plan to bring their workforces back to the office full time, according to Metrigy’s “Unified Communications Management and Endpoints: 2021-22” global research study of 396 companies. For the remaining 80%, the future of work is one in which in-office and remote individuals must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively regardless of location.

Today, unified communications (UC) vendors are attacking the meeting equity problem by delivering hardware and software products to enable equal display of all meeting participants in a gallery grid. Through the capture of human forms, as well as the use of multiple in-room cameras, these approaches eliminate barriers, such as tables, people not facing a camera and distortions caused by distance from the camera.

But simply presenting everyone on an equal footing isn’t enough to ensure meeting equity. Seeing everyone on the same screen doesn’t equate to easy sharing of ideas and conversations, nor does it provide IT and business leaders with the information they need to ensure meetings accomplish their goals.

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