What Technology do Hybrid Working Teams Needs?
4th May 2022

Technology within the workplace is more important than ever before.


With 30%¹ of the UK workforce still working remotely at least once a week, businesses and employees must be equipped with the technology they need to stay connected and productive. Without the correct remote technology, employees can be left feeling disconnected and lost.


These points all prove the importance of tech within the hybrid workplace.


Knowing that you need technology is one thing, but do you feel confident in assigning exactly what your teams need to transform their experiences?


This is our definitive guide for everything tech-based as with over 5000 products, we proudly consider ourselves experts in the field!



Headsets


The right headset offers the ultimate immersive meeting experience. Needed not just for listening in but also for participating during calls, a noise-cancelling headset allows your teams to work from anywhere without interruptions. 


The options are plentiful, with this professional solution taking the form of earpieces, neckbands, wireless overhead, and USB controlled. A headset allows teams to take professional quality calls on the move, not be bound to their desks, work in a busy office space without interruption, and transition from work to personal needs which is essential for achieving a work-life balance. 


At Podia, we recommend that headsets should also offer a wide range, such as the Poly Voyager Focus 2 which works up to 50m away from the USB, noise-cancellation if working in a loud environment, and be comfortable to wear as employee experience is paramount.


Here are some of our top recommendations:


Speakerphones


Let’s be honest, laptop audio isn’t always the best, which is why we recommend using an external speakerphone. Not only do they allow you to tune into calls easier, but they also ensure you never sound like anything less than a professional. 


Sleek and compact, speakerphones can easily be transported allowing the user to have an exceptional experience even if they are working in a less equipped location. 


With a range of designs, speakerphones can be a great addition to both home office spaces and meeting rooms. 


Here are some of our top recommendations:


Personal Video


Having a good webcam can be arguably one of the most important (and affordable) pieces of video conferencing equipment when working remotely. With there being limited face-to-face interactions in the hybrid working world, a built-in laptop camera doesn’t cut it when it comes down to feeling connected with colleagues.


At Podia we offer a huge variety of personal video equipment such as zoom cameras and Poly solutions which all allow your teams to feel a sense of togetherness even if they’re 10, 100, or 1000 miles apart. 


Furthermore, all these webcams can help to compensate for the loss of body language communication that got lost with hybrid working, ensuring teams understand each other effectively.


Here are some of our top recommendations:

Laptops


Without laptops hybrid workers would of course struggle to get any work done on the go. With the world of technology constantly progressing the variety of choices in laptops is bigger than ever. 


Long battery life, compact, light, and efficiency are just some of the laptop qualities that will take a hybrid worker's productivity to the next level. At Podia we offer a range of laptops from Apple, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Dell – so we can ensure we have the perfect for everyone's needs but, we know it can be hard to pick which laptop is best for your team, so


Here are some of our top recommendations:


Meeting Room Technology


Meeting rooms have developed a great deal over the last few years. Gone are the days of clunky rollout stands and cameras blocking seating. The reality is that these spaces are now the hub of the company with both customer and employee experience hinging on the professional workspace solutions that are deployed.  


Video, audio, and display equipment are all required so members can communicate as if they are all sitting in the same room.


At Podia we offer a huge range of meeting and huddle room technology to facilitate professional hybrid working and team development.


Here are some of our top recommendations:



Screens & Displays


For many, working remotely involves looking at a screen for much of the day. 


Taking fewer breaks and employees installing their own setups both mean that health and safety is at risk of being compromised. 


It is therefore essential that the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) you equip employees with are HD optimised and tailorable for individual experience. Furthermore, with the DSE playing such a vital role in the day, why just settle for one? Dual screens are a great way to improve productivity and make work more efficient. 


What's more, a screen doesn’t have to be an extra monitor, At Podia we also sell a huge range of video communication displays, designed to optimise your video calling and free up your laptop while you're on a call. Creating immersive and experience-enriching setups can be achieved for an affordable price. 


Here are some of our top recommendations:


Sit-Stand Desks


When it comes to choosing office furniture, a Sit-Stand desk is simply a must-have. By allowing you to break up hours of sitting down, Sit-Stand helps you to stay active, focused, and feeling productive whether you’re working from home or the office. 


Furthermore, having the option to stand when working can have a huge range of health benefits such as a lower risk of obesity, reduction in back pain, and an improved mood. Essentially, employee productivity and well-being are all improved through something as simple as an adjustable desk.


Here are some of our top recommendations:



Invest in the tips and products listed throughout this blog and your business will have the ultimate hybrid working technology set up!


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