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Employees Feel the Burdens of Inequality in Hybrid Work Environment

Employees Feel the Burdens of Inequality in Hybrid Work Environment

New Barco ClickShare Survey reveals that nearly three out of three workers struggle to feel heard at Hybrid Meetings. This highlights the need for better meeting inclusion.

KORTRIJK, Belgium, Jan. 25, 2022/PRNewswire/ Workers expect greater flexibility with hybrid work. This is a flexible workplace that allows employees to work from home or in a physical office. However, employees expect more from their hybrid work environment: greater meeting equity. Meeting equity is simply a way for remote employees to have the same level and quality of collaboration, engagement, or access to a conference room as those who are physically present. According to a new Barco ClickShare Survey, hybrid workers are more concerned about their perceptions of a less productive meeting experience. Some even go so far as to look into new opportunities with organizations that offer more inclusion.

After almost two years of experience with hybrid work, the Barco ClickShare Hybrid Meeting Survey revealed that more than one third (35%) of workers still have difficulty fully engaging in hybrid meetings. This disconnect can be attributed to a lack of trust. 28% of participants in hybrid meetings are unable to voice their opinions from an offsite location. 56 percent of remote participants feel that meeting leaders favor those who are present in the physical meeting space.

“While our ClickShare Hybrid Meeting Survey clearly reveals that most workers prefer the hybrid model (80%), 71 percent still struggle to deal with the frictions, technical challenges, and that comes with hybrid engagement,” she stated. Lieven BertierSegment Marketing Director at Barco, Workplace. “Hybrid meetings are the foundation of professional collaboration. This data highlights an opportunity for businesses to remove barriers for remote participants and ensure employees feel that they can perform at their best from any location.

The ClickShare Hybrid Survey was compiled in late 2021. It reflects modern workers’ attitudes and preferences as business leaders adjust their operational models, workspaces and organizational cultures to meet changing professional dynamics. The Survey contains input from more that 4,000 workers from around the globe, in a range of occupations and places. It also captures the technical and functional complications that have developed as a result of the larger hybrid work transition.

Technical Frustration: A Gateway for Resignation?

ClickShare Hybrid Meeting Survey reveals that businesses need to improve their hybrid work and meeting equity strategies. Barco observed that hybrid technology and flexibility are not just a tool for business operations, but can be used to attract and retain top talent.

Barco found that 71% of workers still have difficulty joining and navigating hybrid meetings. These technical difficulties may be motivating workers to look for new opportunities, as they could have a greater impact upon their professional satisfaction. Nearly three quarters (30%) of workers say they would consider a job offer from a company with a well-defined and documented hybrid policy. This policy includes clear guidelines and tools to ensure successful and efficient participation in hybrid meetings.

Bertier said, “Our Survey confirms that employees’ desire for functional hybrid work is growing.” “Business leaders need to establish a formal policy for successful hybrid work. We were surprised to find that 60 percent of organizations still don’t have one. It also requires making investments that increase engagement and give employees access to the tools and leverage they need to work wherever they want. As businesses create and execute their return to office plans, these conversations and strategies will only become more important.

Working to Be and See

Barco found that while hybrid workers may be vocal about their difficulties, the return to on site conference rooms is not without its challenges. Employees are trying to recreate the same flexible and convenient meeting experience that they had while working remotely. Although 85 percent of businesses have at minimum one dedicated video conference room, only 39 percent believe these rooms are ready for “Bring Your Own Meeting” work. Nearly two-thirds of workers (65%) have difficulty understanding the different connectivity points and laptop compatibility variables in their office’s video conference rooms.

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These frustrations mirror those Barco captured with its latest Meeting BarometerAn ongoing, periodically-updated index that measures workers’ satisfaction with hybrid meeting environments.

Visit Barco to learn more about its ClickShare hybrid working technologies. www.barco.com/clickshare.

About Barco
Barco designs technology that will enable bright outcomes all over the globe. We create visualization and collaboration tools that enable organizations to work together, share insight, and wow their audiences. Our focus is on three main markets: Enterprise (from meeting room, control rooms, and control areas to corporate spaces), Healthcare(from the radiology section to the operating area), and Entertainment (from movie theatres to live events, attractions, and other entertainment venues). Barco employs over 3,300 people worldwide, whose passion for tech is captured in 430 granted Patents. Visit www.barco.com to learn more. www.barco.com.

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