We’re quickly settling into our new office space in the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. This new space allows us to easily get to our clients near and far, has warehousing space to better prepare for projects, and room to continue growing.
Back to "normal"? Nope, not so fast! I'm not sure our expectations of "normal" will ever be the same after the things we have experienced over the last few months. If you'd told me in December when I was setting my 2020 goals that a virus would change our world, I would've called you crazy! But the truth is, it has changed everything. If you look around, you will see that life as we know it has changed both in our personal and professional worlds.
In the midst of this Coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption to our lives and businesses, if you’re anything like me, you are wondering how long until we get back to “normal”? I long for the days of seeing my teams gathered around a conference room table, collaborating on a new idea or discussing an upcoming project. I want to be able to grab lunch with a co-worker and connect face-to-face. I want to sit down in my office for a one-to-one with a direct report, instead of using video conferencing to discuss our goals for the month. Don’t you?
I have always found myself an interested observer of other businesses and business models. I guess it's the entrepreneur in me—what a time to be watching what others are doing with their company. From crisis to calm, some are in their busiest season ever while others are shutting their doors. I find a majority are in the middle. They are weathering this storm, and those that learn to leverage this time will come back stronger.
It's more important than ever to have technology that allows remote teams to work collaboratively from remote places. With Coronavirus (COVID-19) making global headlines, many large organizations have halted international travel, and they've started to strict non-essential travel here in the US. Work from home is quickly becoming the norm. Even small businesses are starting to feel the impacts and realize the importance of having technology that connects people, so everyone can continue to work.
Hope for the best and plan for the worst is the mantra replaying worldwide as the concern of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads. Whether you are worried or not, it’s a serious concern for many Charlotte businesses where Smarter Systems is headquartered. Just this week, we had planned to attend a networking event which was canceled due to health concerns. With each passing day we hear of clients and friends with new business travel restrictions or mandates to work remotely if possible.
Are your conversations private? Whispering or even a conversation behind closed doors doesn't always guarantee someone else can't hear you.
With the rise of open office floor plans and the need to protect patient privacy, speech privacy has become more critical than ever before. So, what is sound masking, and how does it help speech privacy? Sound masking is a barely noticeable sound that is similar to airflow, but it's specially tuned to make human speech less intelligible.
We know it's tempting to want to do it all yourself; it happens to all of us in various aspects of life. Whether the motivation is money, time, or pride, you hold on to that project to complete yourself. However, we all know it can quickly become more of a burden on your time and money than you ever could have imagined. In the end, hiring professionals would have been best. If you are considering taking on a meeting space technology overhaul on your own, here are five signs you may want to go ahead and call in the professionals (also known as AV Integrators).
The business world has significantly changed over the past decade. You'll find lots of large open floor plan spaces, adjustable desks, and maybe even natural light if you're lucky enough to escape the fluorescent bulbs. As a way to adapt, we're now seeing a massive spike in huddle rooms or huddle spaces in every industry you can imagine.
Some of the most important decisions happen inside conference rooms. It’s typically the heart of a business and hopefully where you celebrate many successes. That’s why it’s so important to get it right. While there are a million ways to make a conference room work, there is one way to ensure it’s a failure: get the display size wrong.