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almost nine out of ten (86 per cent) participants believe that improving meeting room technology would lead to an increase in productivity. Looking to future solutions to





combat technology stress in the research, respondents selected the top five technology capabilities they


‘Always-on’ culture for both the employees and their many technological devices has spurred stress levels inside and outside of the workplace


thought would make a meeting run more smoothly. Interestingly, the findings included one-touch technol- ogy (51 per cent), wireless technology with no cables (44 per cent), sharing data with ease from any device (44 per cent), easily conferencing with colleagues from different loca- tions (40 per cent) and high quality picture and sound (39 per cent).


Conclusion


Regardless of the industry sector, from teaching and training, to sales and advertising, technology and meetings inevitably form part of a routine day. Given that time pressures, deadlines and targets are also part of today’s business environment, it is crucial that the technology supporting opera- tions is a help and not a hindrance. Organisations need to address the specific needs of the user and match those requirements to a suitable and effective technology solution. As the study shows, in the meeting


results revealed that participants’ heart rates reached as high as 179bpm when they were trying to hold a meeting and the technology they were using did not work. If we consider that resting heart rates usually fall somewhere between 60 and 100bpm, the exceedingly high 179bpm measurement can be seen as a key indicator of serious stress. While many of the results showed


the negative impact of technology in the meeting room, participants also recognise the immense value that


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innovative technology can bring to this type of environment. By harness- ing all the benefits of meeting room technology – such as collaboration between teams, colleagues and pros- pects – it undoubtedly plays a vital role in today’s business environment. What is crucial is that partici-


pants are able to get the most from the technology that enables these meetings and that businesses adopt the right type of technology in the first place. Te study showed that


room environment, usability is a critical part of avoiding stress – this may mean addressing issues such as compatibility, wireless capability and ease of sharing to ensure that stress is kept to a mini- mum. None of today’s businesses want tech rage or stressed out employees and, with the right technology, heart rates can be kept to a minimum and rates of productivity will be sky-high.


Lieven Bertier is head of product management ClickShare at Barco find out more at www.barco.com/en


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