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Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

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Once a buzzword only used by workplace consultants and health enthusiasts, workplace wellbeing is now firmly on the C-Suite agenda for most businesses. It makes sense. If our people are happier and healthier, then they can be more productive at work, take less time off sick and be more inclined to stay in their jobs. Combine this with our corporate social responsibility to treat people well, and workplace wellbeing looks set to be a key business objective for the foreseeable future.

But how can businesses achieve this and what role can everyday technology play in helping you to create a healthy and happy workplace?

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Ultimately workplace wellbeing is not simply about a series of measures or initiatives that a business takes. Free fruit, personal step counters or lunchtime yoga are all great ideas that can boost wellbeing to some degree, but to truly succeed in creating a happy and healthy workplace you need a culture that nurtures that. Did you know that a recent study found that 75% of us have been stressed at work in the last 12 months? And through our own research*, we found that 60% of people are stressed by workplace technology.

We believe that workplace wellbeing and technology are inextricably connected; that having the right technology in place can reduce stress, save time and help to create a healthier, happier workplace. Here’s how:

Connectivity:

Connectivity is the binding need throughout any business, but only giving people that option when they’re at their desk is just going to slow them down and stress them out. Laptops to connect wherever you are can take the stress out of getting into the office if you have a meeting elsewhere or if trains are delayed. Even being able to work from different locations around the office can boost wellbeing, as people can choose to work in a setting that most suits their task – whether that be a quiet corner or a busy café area.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Be a Part of Something:

Happiness at work can come from feeling like you’re part of the bigger picture. Great communication is essential to this, but how do you communicate with everyone without clogging up people’s inboxes with ‘company updates’ all the time? Digital signage is a simple solution that helps you to keep people in the loop without draining people’s time, by broadcasting important information in communal spaces around the office.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Start on Time:

For many people, time is the most precious commodity at work. Wasted time impedes our output and makes us stressed, but how many of us have wasted time in a meeting trying to use fiddly wires to connect to the main screen? Now, with wireless presentations systems, you can simply plug a button into your USB port or use an app, to connect your screen at the touch of a button. It’s so simple, even the biggest technophobe can use it, so now your meetings can all start on time leaving you more time to focus on the things that matter.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Video Conferencing:

If you count up how many work hours are lost travelling to meetings you start to realise what the benefit of good quality video conferencing can be. Save the stress (and cost!) of wasting hours driving or commuting from A to B and invest in a video conferencing solution instead. Now with cloud-based video calling you can have secure, affordable, good quality conversations plus screen sharing without the wasted travel time. With a system like StarLeaf, associates from outside the business don’t even need their own system – they just connect using a bespoke URL that you can email to them. With technology like that available, you really can be more productive with your time, less stressed, and have a little more ‘zen’ in the office.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Collaboration:

Happiness at work, is in part due to the people around us. The people we interact with on a daily basis help us to feel supported and part of something. Plus, being able to work with others and collaborate is a great way to solve problems or generate ideas. And technology for collaboration is changing the way we work together: increased engagement with touchscreen technology, digital whiteboards to save and share ideas at the tap of a button, and interactive displays which give you access to all your files, internet and video calling. The result is boosted productivity and increased collaboration which in turn will improve the way people feel – happier, less stressed, and enjoying their work.

Workplace wellbeing and technology: The role of everyday technology in creating a healthier, happier workplace

Workplace Wellbeing and Technology

If you want to create a workplace where people can perform at their best, where they can be most productive, less stressed, connected, supported, active and ultimately, happy, then we want to help. Why not download our FREE Guide to Meeting Room Technology to find out more ideas.  Or talk to us about workplace wellbeing and technology – and how you can use everyday technology to create a happier, healthier workplace.

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* One Pulse Survey: Q: Do you Ever Feel Stressed By Workplace Technology? 60% Said Yes (17 responses)

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Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

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Technology never ceases to amaze me. Even stuff that I’ve seen before. I always think its incredible when you see technology being used in a new way or for a different purpose. Settling down on Sunday evening to watch the latest Guy Martin documentary on building a World War 1 Tank, was one of those moments.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Over the years I’ve spoken to countless engineering professionals about how they can use audio visual technology in engineering to bring their work to life and this programme showcased the potential perfectly.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

The programme follows Martin in his quest to rebuild the hundred year old Mark 4 tank in just a few weeks.  In the initial stages, Martin meets a computer modeller who creates a historical representation of the original tank using Computer Aided Design (CAD). Leading manufacturers JCB then project the CAD model on to a large screen so they can see and analyse every detail of the model as a life-size image in order to be able to construct it. They then used virtual reality to literally ‘step inside’ the tank, as if it was a real life model. It made for some great TV and Guy Martin seemed suitably impressed, but the reality is that great immersive technology is available for any business that wants it.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

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Using Interactive Technology in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Industries

Using a Projector in an Engineering Project

Projection is a really simple and affordable way to get up close to drawings, presentations, images, videos or data. As with the World War 1 tank, having a large image can provide the viewer with a greater amount of detail whilst providing a more immersive experience. In this example, they were able to create a full life-size model of the tank – it doesn’t get much more immersive than that!

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

LCD & LED Video Walls For Collaboration

If you like the idea of having a large projection but you prefer a sharper image, you could upgrade to an LCD or LED video wall. An LCD video wall simply uses a cluster of smaller screens, like a 46” or 55” screens pushed together in any formation that would be most beneficial to your needs. Choosing an Ultra HD display with a thin bezel will give you a crystal clear image with just a small line visible where the screens meet.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Alternatively you could choose an LED video wall which allows you to create a screen of any size or shape using small LED blocks. The resulting video wall is seemless and great quality – perfect for getting into the detail of a drawing or model.

Most of us are now familiar with seeing these video walls in public areas like shopping centres or public events, but their increasing affordability has resulted in more businesses using them for their meeting areas or collaboration spaces. You could even rent one to use for a specific project or to try before you buy!

Interactive Displays in Engineering

What was truly fascinating for Guy Martin as he explored the tank, was being able to get into the detail, see up close in the areas that he was most interested in and be involved in a more immersive experience. It’s not dissimilar from the benefits of an interactive display. These touch-screen displays have long been popular as an audio visual technology in engineering for that exact reason.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

Using intuitive hand gestures, it’s easy to zoom into the detail of a model or drawing, pan around to different parts of the image and even make or erase notes on the screen. Many businesses have adopted these interactive touch-screens to eliminate paper wastage and provide a more accurate and efficient way of analysing and making changes to plans. Not only this, interactive displays can be viewed by colleagues anywhere in the world from a personal device, so it’s easy to collaborate and make changes with colleagues without the expense and time of business travel.

Creative Projections: Nureva Span

The projected image of Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank also made me think of another great new technology in recent years; Nureva Span. The Nureva projector can project an image up to 10ft wide onto your chosen screen, allowing you to get up close and into the detail of any image or content you want to work on. Then using Nureva Span software, you can add digital flipcharts, sticky notes or other images/graphs etc to create a complete digital canvas of ideas – it is a powerful creative tool.

Audio Visual Technology in Engineering: Lessons from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank

There is one final lesson from Guy Martin’s WWI Tank, on audio visual technology for engineering: In the past, we achieved great things, but with modern technology, we can make our processes and our products even better and more efficient. We’ve worked with many clients in the engineering industry who have used modern technology to change and improve the way they work with some incredible results. If you would like to explore some more options, and learn about return on investment or finance options available, we’d love to speak to you.

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6 reasons you should hire a large LED video wall to improve your next event

6 reasons you should hire a large LED video wall to improve your next event

If you are organising an event, then you know the amount of detailed planning and management it requires. So many things have to be taken into account to ensure everything happens as and when it should. But making sure things run smoothly is just part of the challenge. You want your event to have impact, to look professional and to deliver to your guests or visitors what they have come for. One way to do exactly that is to hire a large LED video wall. This kind of technology was formerly so complex and expensive it was reserved for the large scale big-budget events you would see on TV but now, as technology advances and costs go down, more and more organisations are using these temporary structures to improve their exhibitions, fundraisers, conferences and community events. If you think you might hire a large LED video wall to improve your next event, the benefits are pretty comprehensive:

hire a large LED video wall hire1. A picture speaks a thousand words…and a video says it all.

Think about how you can communicate to your visitors and guests visually. You might be at an exhibition and need to get the attention of passers by. You might be holding a conference or music gig and need to present the main stage to people out of range. You could be holding a charity event and want to remind people what the purpose of the charity is. If you hire a large LED video wall you present the opportunity to communicate visually to your audience in a way that is engaging, appealing and memorable. You can present static images, information, or video to entertain, educate and entice your audiences.

2. Sounds good?

And it’s not just about looking great – if you need to play sound to your audiences you can get PA and audio equipment to suit the environment. Using the right speakers and microphones to compliment your video wall, means the audio and visual can act as one.

3. Whatever you want, whatever you need…

The great thing about hiring a large LED video wall is you can have it customised to whatever your requirements are – you decide the size and shape and it’s built to your specification. And because there are many different units making up the wall, you have the opportunity to customise the individual tile units so you can display one large image, a series of smaller ones, or a combination of the two.

4. Easy as 1,2,3 ….

A large LED video wall works as a modular system, so it’s very easy to install. And because it’s made up of lots of smaller screens, rather than one big screen, you have a higher density of pixels, giving you exceptional quality resolution.

5. Let there be light!

High resolution LED screens provide exceptional quality images – even in bright sunlight or at short distances. This means you can have the same incredible impact on your audiences whether they are up close, far away, inside or outside.

6. Help is at hand …

Of course one of the great benefits if you decide to hire a large LED video wall for your next event, is that the technical side is all taken care of for you. Find a supplier who offers dedicated technical support throughout the event so you know you are in safe hands.

So if you want to hire a large LED video wall to improve your next event…

Talk to us at TecInteractive, and we will be delighted to give you a no obligation quote.

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Create a great first impression with your office reception area

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Re-Designing Your Office Reception Area?

Create a great first impression with your office reception areaYour office reception area is your face to world. It’s a place where impressions are created and expectations are formed. It stands to reason that this is a part of your office that needs some attention. It is more than just a holding room where people wait before a meeting. This should be a space that creates an experience for visitors and clients alike. If you are refreshing or designing a reception area for your business you need to think about what that experience looks like. Here are our top tips for creating a great impression with your office reception area:

A place to relax

Your office reception area should make people feel comfortable and at ease. Whether your visitor is a potential new employee or a client, if they feel relaxed you will have better meetings and create a positive first impression. Having comfortable seating is a must – but make sure your choices are durable, as they will quickly look tired in a high volume area like a reception. Offer visitors a drink when they arrive, or simply provide a coffee machine and water cooler for people to help themselves. Think about other elements that create a sense of wellbeing – do you have access to natural light that you can emphasise or could you use plants (real ones!) to create a nicer ambience?

Tell a story

Your reception area is the perfect place to tell people about your brand, communicate your brand identity, your values, what you’ve achieved. You can do this through subtle branding or quite literally with corporate literature on the coffee tables and awards and accolades on the walls. A more memorable way to communicate to your visitors is through large screen displays that can be regularly updated to display what information is current and relevant. Video walls are also a great way to add impact to your office reception area.

Maximise Efficiencies

Nobody likes to be waiting around to be signed in when you have places to go and people to see, so make sure your meet and greet procedures are as efficient as possible. Do you have enough receptionists? Do you even need receptionists? A visitor booking-in system may provide you with the flexibility to manage busy periods or to negate the need of a receptionist all together. Think about how your resources and your visitors’ time should be used most efficiently.

An office away from the office

Providing something simple like wifi can make a massive difference to your visitors’ experience. But by providing connectivity you also open up the opportunity for people to work from the reception area. Businesses are continually looking for more flexible ways to use their office space and a connected reception provides an ideal spot for an informal meeting or for people to get away from their desks. Advances in technology mean you can now go that extra step further and provide interactive touch-tables where visitors can peruse the internet or company information. If your reception area is designed with flexibility in mind, you can move furniture around so these touch-tables can become a focal point for a meeting or collaboration session.

Moving on

Evoko_hand 1200wFor many visitors their next stop is a meeting room. Ensure the transition from reception to meeting room is seamless, with a room booking manager display located in the reception area, detailing real-time information on what rooms are free and which rooms are busy. No more awkward moments trying to find a meeting room with your visitors or wasting time moving around from room to room.

Think about what kind of experience you want to create for your visitors. What do you want them to think? What kind of first impression do you want to make with your reception area? Once you have an idea of what you want to create, then you can start to find ways to deliver that. And if you need any help and advice on how technology can help you to create a great first impression with your office reception area, then give us a call at TecInteractive and we will be happy to share what we know.

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