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Employees Feel the Burdens Of Meeting Inequality In The Hybrid Work Environment

Employees Feel the Burdens Of Meeting Inequality In The Hybrid Work Environment

KORTRIJK, Belgium, Jan. 25, 2022/PRNewswire/ – Workers have come to expect more flexibility from hybrid work, or an environment that allows employees to work remotely and in a physical workplace. Employees expect more from their hybrid work environment, such as greater meeting equity. Meeting equity, as it is simply defined, ensures that remote employees have the same level of collaboration, engagement, and access to a meeting space experience as those who are physically present at the table. 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.

The Barco ClickShare Hybrid Meeting Survey revealed that despite being familiar with hybrid work for nearly two decades, more than one-third (35%) of workers still have difficulty fully participating 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 the majority of workers (80%) prefer the hybrid model to work, 71 per cent still struggle with the frictions or technical challenges that hybrid engagement presents,” said the spokesperson. Lieven BertierSegment Marketing Director, Workplace at Barco. “Hybrid meeting have become the core of professional collaboration. This data highlights a great opportunity for businesses, which can remove access barriers for remote participants. It also ensures that employees feel they can perform their best at any location.

The ClickShare Hybrid meeting Survey, which was collected in late 2021, reflects the attitudes of modern workers as business leaders adjust organizational cultures, workspaces, and operational models to adapt to changing professional dynamics. The Survey includes input from more than 4000 workers around the world, in a variety of occupations and locations. It also records the technical, functional, as well as emotional complications that have arisen during the wider 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 discovered that nearly three quarters of four workers (71%) still have difficulties joining and navigating mixed 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 added that “Our Survey reaffirms that employees are increasingly interested in functional hybrid work and that working conditions are as important as the salaries for attracting and retaining top workers.” “Business leaders must establish a formal policy to ensure successful hybrid work. We were shocked to discover that 60% of organizations do not have one. This also includes making investments to drive engagement and give employees the tools and resources to work wherever and whenever they want. These conversations and strategies will only increase in importance as businesses create and implement their return-to office plans.

Working to Be and See

Barco discovered that hybrid workers are not without their problems, but that returning to on-site conference rooms can be difficult. Employees are still trying to replicate the convenient and flexible meeting experience 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 to create bright outcomes around the globe. We develop visualization and collaboration solutions that help organizations collaborate, share insights, and wow audiences. Our core markets are Enterprise (from meeting rooms and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare, Entertainment, and Radiology (from the radiology department and the operating room), Barco has 3,300 employees around the globe, whose passion for tech is captured in 430 granted Patents. Visit http://www.barco.com/about/ to find out more. www.barco.com.

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