Have you noticed that across the enterprise – from Ethernet to headsets – we’re ditching cables? The ‘wireless office’ is a little like the ‘paperless’ equivalent, something that we aspire to and can continuously work towards.
Do you know how much time wires cost us productivity-wise? The often-used term “five-minute meeting tax” refers to the time spent before a meeting while we look for wires, adaptors and connect to in-room screens. If research is accurate and we attend an average of 62 meetings each month then that’s more than five hours lost each month fiddling around with accessories.
It’s a simple equation: eliminate the wires from your life and you can increase productivity.
Culturally, in our everyday lives we’ve grown accustomed to operating wirelessly and sharing content without the need to plug in. This could be something as simple as sending an email from our mobile or tablet device, or sharing multimedia content on a TV screen using mirroring technology.
This desire for simplicity is now apparent in the enterprise, where we often find ourselves physically tethered with legacy technology. Added to this, as flexible working continues to rise – two-thirds (63%) of the UK now works from home, Polycom’s latest study finds – we want to be free from wires wherever we work remotely.
Thankfully, times are changing. The next generation of content collaboration tools are hitting the market, eliminating the need for cables so users can crack on with their meetings and share content swiftly, securely and easily.
Imagine a future where engineers can collaborate on complex projects in real time with colleagues from around the world, making live edits with touchscreen technology. Or in the medical community, where doctors from disparate sites can review MRIs, X-rays or other patient data to make assessments and improve the patient outcomes, saving both time and money.
Our research shows that more than a third (35%) of workers say collaboration tools help them make quick decisions and nearly two-thirds (62%) of workers in major economies around the world want their employer to provide the collaboration technology to work from anywhere.
The good news is that as we become more accustomed to a life without wires in our personal life, so this is fast becoming a reality in the workplace. The tools are there, the only thing that will limit us is our vision.