The nature of the workplace is changing dramatically. Project teams are typically more geographically dispersed and more mobile. And yet, in some ways they remain more connected than ever.
More than 8 in 10 managers in a 2016 Millward Brown survey, conducted on behalf of Sennheiser, said meetings aimed at flexibly bringing together experts from different sites helped their business, in terms of saving time and other factors. While the cloud and mobile technologies have made it easier for team members to collaborate virtually using group chat and similar tools, audio conferencing remains one of the most effective ways for teams to communicate.
The challenge is that legacy conferencing technology has not kept pace with the changing needs of organizations. Who doesn’t have a horror story of a conference call featuring team members huddled around a speaker phone, straining to hear remote team members speaking over a poor-quality connection? Other times, it can be difficult to simply find a room with the proper conferencing setup.
Issues such as sound quality are not a small consideration. In the Millward Brown survey, more than two-thirds (69%) of managers said adequate speech comprehension plays a much more important role in the success of a meeting than video quality. The study concluded that successful organizations have strong internal connections and run a higher frequency of meetings, while lower-performing enterprises meet less often.
Despite the key role of collaboration and information exchange, however, too often conferences don’t run smoothly, are hindered by technical problems, or offer poor sound quality.
Wireless to the rescue
A new generation of wireless audio conferencing technology promises to address the challenges and remove some of the stigmas of cumbersome, hard-wired conferencing systems. The technology helps organizations create a flexible environment that aligns with the modern workplace and improves the productivity of teams.
Solutions such as Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Wireless feature wireless satellite units that can be set up easily in any formal or ad hoc meeting space. A master unit mixes the microphone signals from all the satellite units to create a homogeneous sound level, and transmits the audio signal via Bluetooth, USB, or jack to one or more devices. Team members use their own smartphones, tablets, PCs, or land-line phones to administer calls.
This type of agile, easy-to-use conferencing system can help facilitate communications and collaboration among project team members in an organization, regardless of where they are located. That’s an important capability as companies look to stay innovative in an increasingly digital world.
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