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How AV Can Bridge The Generation Gap To Keep Business On Point


How AV Can Bridge The Generation Gap To Keep Business On Point

As more baby boomers are reaching the age of retirement, the digital natives are taking over. According to numbers provided by Pew Research, millennials are the most represented generation in the workforce, and Gen Z is gaining ground. That generational shift is bringing plenty of changes to the workplace. One of those changes is the widespread adoption of AV technology in modern business. Millennials and Gen Z expect their company to provide productivity and communication-focused tools. AV solutions are an effective way to deliver those tools in a way that bridges, not widens, the generation gap. AV technology is designed for its usability and ease of collaboration, so it appeals to professionals of any age.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Younger Generations Want AV Technology In The Workplace

Millennials were shaped by the internet as teenagers and Gen Z couldn’t imagine a world without it. Technology that connects is something young professionals aren’t just accustomed to—for them, it’s a primary method to interact with each other. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, professionals in the 18-29 age range were most likely to favor a hybrid workplace. Almost half of respondents said they want to blend remote and in-office time, and as companies adjust, it’s likely this number will continue to climb. AV technology is the foundation on which hybrid teams are built. If you want younger professionals in your company and those younger professionals want a hybrid work situation, then AV solutions are a frontline answer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Improve Recruiting With These Three AV Solutions

In recent years, AV manufacturers have shifted their focus to hybrid and remote teams. For years, the AV industry has supported other industries going through the remote work transition. If your company is considering the same transition, here are some modern AV systems worth considering:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Hybrid Video Conferencing Solutions

Video conferencing has been around for decades, so everyone from Gen Z to the baby boomers are familiar with it. Modern video conferencing solutions have perfected the art of remote communication, with crystal clear video and audio quality. They’re also easy solutions to manage, and with minimal training, anyone can launch a call within a few moments. Popular video conferencing platforms include Zoom and Microsoft Teams, with Google Meet and Webex behind them. All are good options for remote professionals, but if your team expects to meet in the office at times, or if part of your team works in the office permanently, then a hybrid solution is needed. Poly and Crestron, both long-time leaders in the AV space, have partnered with Zoom and Microsoft Teams to create a seamless conferencing experience for hybrid offices. Specifically, Poly and Crestron’s hardware solutions can be paired with the Zoom or Microsoft Teams platform to provide a native experience. Combine the usability of a leading software-based platform with the reliability and security of a hardware solution, and you’ve got yourself the perfect hybrid conferencing system.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Wireless Presentation Solutions

Wireless presentation solutions fill a big hole for hybrid teams. Hybrid teams do much of their work at home, on their own devices. When it’s time to share this work with members of the in-office team, the strong preference is to share it from the user’s own device. Wireless presentation solutions are designed to make this as easy and engaging as possible. Some of the leading systems in this space are Crestron’s AirMedia, Mersive’s Solstice, Barco’s Clickshare and the Screenbeam. All four allow users to connect their own devices to the room’s displays, audio, and conferencing equipment. Connectivity is simple, too, and users are guided through it using on-screen prompts. Once connected, users can push content to the display from their own device, effectively running the meeting using technology they’re most comfortable with. This means easier, faster, more effective presentations, for both in-house and hybrid teams.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Improved Display And Audio Technology

More than 80 percent of Gen Z professionals expect their employer to provide formal training. Training sets employees up for success, whether they’re new or experienced, in-house or remote. Better, more engaging training is a must, and AV solutions can provide the tools your business needs to deliver it. For example, with large LED displays or an entire LED video wall, trainees will have no trouble following along with the materials. An interactive panel can provide additional impact. With an interactive flat panel, trainers can combine visual, audio, and tactile for better engagement and to make more creative training courses. Outfit your training room with several interactive panels and you can deliver training in a collaborative, team-building format. Don’t forget about audio, though, because it’s just as important. Clear audio is critical for training engagement and retention, but it’s not always clear when clear audio isn’t present. Better audio hardware can help with that. When setting up audio enhancement technology, an AV integrator will assess the room’s acoustics to determine optimal placement of speakers and microphones. An integrator can also provide better signal processing technology and amplifiers to lift audio levels evenly through the space.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Occupancy Sensors

Occupancy sensors detect when someone has entered a room and respond by readying the room’s AV technologies. They typically work by sensing motion, though some can detect heat, instead. Occupancy sensors are a popular addition to conferencing rooms, and especially in rooms where wireless presentation systems are present. That’s because occupancy sensors can instantly prompt people through the connection process so they can get started without assistance from IT.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Close The Generation Gap With AV

When it isn’t implemented properly, technology can be a divider. In the hands of a certified AV integrator, though, it’s a uniter. AV solutions can bring people together with better collaboration tools. They can drive more interesting meetings and make people feel more involved. Nothing closes a generation gap like communication, and no technology can facilitate that better than AV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]