Polycom’s recent Workplace of the Future event in our New York City Experience Center was a truly exceptional event. The insights shared by presenters, panelists and attendees alike were remarkable. The team is planning a few more of these events in other (to be announced) locations, but in the meantime, it’s important to capture some of the highlights in case you weren’t able to join us.
To set the context for the discussion we had Jim Lundy CEO and Lead Analyst of Aragon Research present on some of the challenges and trends impacting the Future of Work. The feedback during the break was resounding – Jim’s presentation was “awesome!”
Next up, Michael Frendo, Polycom’s EVP of Worldwide Engineering showed us how these workplace trends create new opportunities to individuals and organizations charged with making workspaces work. He also discussed how functionality requires that we allow users to collaborate anywhere, collaborate naturally, and collaborate with impact.
After the break, we pulled together a panel of thought leaders in the area of the Future of Work. Moderated by Jim Lundy, our panel consisted of:
Workflow – Michael Frendo, a speaker and panelist at the event said, “Video enables us to accelerate how much we get done.” He gave the example of a project meeting. Ten years ago we would have scheduled something at least two weeks out and lost time traveling to a central location. Now we check our calendars and book a virtual meeting within days, with no unproductive travel time.
Experience – When working in a heterogeneous technology environment, it can be difficult to create a consistent experience for users. When asked about employees bringing personal devices to work, Aaron Roe of Deloitte shared that “BYOD is not an issue for us because we provide our new hires with better tech than they would buy themselves.”
Workspace – Rachel Casanova of Perkins+Will stated, “Place matters.” Whether you work from home, in an office, in an open workspace or from an airplane, the place where you work impacts your productivity, job satisfaction, engagement, and creativity. To build the right workspaces, listen to what your employees want and don’t aggregate the answers. The average space works for no one.
One of our goals for this event was to share this thought leadership with new organizations and executives and our amazing audience was proof of our success in that regard.
Participants left the event energized about the opportunity they had and armed with actionable intelligence to make a significant, positive impact for their organizations.
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