When it comes to getting the most out of your employee, the future is here, and it relies heavily on collaborative efforts. In order to take full advantage, offices have to adapt, allowing this new workforce to seamlessly integrate old practices with new methods that best fit their productive efforts. The key to this is technology. Take millennials for example. Most of these workers prefer communicating electronically versus more traditional ways such as face to face or over the phone. Video communications, increasingly being deployed on a much larger scale, will shift toward mobile devices, allowing for improved collaboration between local and remote teams. Here are a few ways to bring your office into 2018 without a bank-breaking overhaul.

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Video communications will be everywhere

One of the upsides to this trend is the ability to make remote employees feel more connected to in-office developments without the need for expensive travel. Even in satellite offices that aren’t hundreds of miles away, using live video calls can help bridge the gap. Some companies even go so far as to set up 24-hour video calls in specific areas – that way a line of communication is always open to employees. Not to mention that being on camera has a way of motivating bright-eyed and bushy-tailed employees to put their best foot forward. It’s about time your employees are seen, not just heard.


Gone are the days of leaving cell phones out of the conference room. Well, maybe not gone, but they’re definitely on the way out in favor of policies like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). This is possible because of the onslaught of powerful cell phones, laptops, and tablets available on the market. The idea is that allowing employees to connect with office infrastructure not only alleviates bottom line costs but also allows users to personalize and customize their workflow. Millennials don’t like being tethered to a desk for eight hours a day, and giving them the power to tap into a conference or video call from anywhere in the office can lead to a more engaged audience.

Wireless is the way to go

Like video communication, wireless presentations are also shaking up the way boardrooms are run. And because most wireless presentations can be monitored from anywhere your Wi-Fi reaches, any issues that arise can be dealt with remotely. There’s also the added benefit of getting rid of hanging wire hazards, making the only thing to avoid tripping over during a presentation is your own words.

The future is 4K

We all know what 4K is, and even if we don’t know exactly, we kind of want it in our home. So why should the office be any different? Aside from offering lifelike video and dynamic ranges, 4K also lends its tech to other use cases such as machine vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning and interoperability. Take machine vision, for example. Utilizing 4K technologies will allow a much better “eye in the sky” experience that can be useful to everyone from human resources to building security.

Check out some leading collaboration tool providers showcasing their solutions at Midmarket CIO Forum next month in Savannah!