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Virtual vs Physical Environments in the Workplace

Thanks to the accessibility of higher bandwidths and the Internet growing considerably richer with information and resources, alongside the rise in mobile use for daily tasks and even the notion of video conferencing, the workplace is changing. Adapting to a technology-first approach that allows work environments to develop, the physical environment you work in could undertake a rapid overhaul before your eyes.

Video conferencing and other similar office technology is still relatively new to a lot of businesses across the country, and the traditional office is still prevalent in a lot of industries. But what works better? A physical environment or a virtual one that employs technology to aid its processes and productivity?

Physical environment

The physical workplace is the physical area that you work in; most probably an office where you sit and complete your daily tasks and tidy desk productivityinteract with your colleagues sat at the desks either side of you. A powerful tool in the workplace, face to face communication and opportunities for creative thinking and collaborative meetings in a physical space could work wonders for your departments.

It’s important to get your physical workplace right if you want to have a productive workforce. There are so many different elements to consider, such the layout, potential distractions and even access to light and air. These factors can all have an impact on stress levels, productivity and even positivity amongst your workforce; your working environment is so much more than just a desk and computer!

But could a virtual environment help? What does a virtual environment comprise of?

Virtual environment

Having a virtual workplace means that you are able to work with any number of people in various locations, using the appropriate technology. What was once a video conference in a boardroom, reserved for appsimportant meetings, is now technology you can implement for each employee at their own desk.

Whether you are in an office or your front room, virtual workplaces enable you to maintain communication and remain productive even from a remote location. The likes of cloud technology have meant that everyone can access the necessary resources and still be able to collaborate.

Key features of a virtual features

Technology has improved and developed over recent years to ensure you feel as though you are in the same room even if you are in different countries. The demand for efficiency and streamlining the way businesses operate provides a key advantage over your competitors, which is something that can be achieved by using a virtual environment.

Enterprise communications are evolving to allow for workplace trends such as BYOD (bring your own device) and virtual meeting rooms to take place. Multiple offices can be connected through advanced, lifelike video technology as you connect with other locations within your business.

Ease of use, content sharing and even interoperability can all be carried out by video conferencing technology in a virtual environment. Whether you are looking to set up a virtual meeting room for creative meetings with colleagues, or an access point on each desk in order to communicate with other teams or colleagues, virtual environments can provide a number of benefits for your company.

Written by Thomas McKenna, UK Marketing Manager at Viju.

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