3 Benefits of Creating a Home Office Video Conference Room
by in Meeting Room, Trends
Lifesize conference room systems come in range of sizes optimized for the unique needs of the huddle room, conference room, boardroom and all-hands auditorium. But there’s another space that these agile video conferencing systems are prefect for — the home office.
If you’re one of the 51% of employees who do some or all of your work from a home office, then you know that working from home can feel a bit isolating. Fortunately, video conferencing has the ability to create a more connected workforce both between offices and between remote workers. And even though the camera built into your laptop or phone can make and receive calls just fine, if you’re a full-time work-from-home employee, you might be interested in setting up a dedicated video conferencing system to help build out a more productive home office.
3 Key Benefits for the Work-From-Home Employee
1). Add Working Real Estate
Using a video conferencing system in your home office gives you a dedicated screen for your daily video meetings. That way you don’t have to navigate away from the video call to open a separate app to take notes or to present. Separating your video calling system from your working computer creates a more consistent face-to-face experience and helps remote employees feel more connected to the in-room participants.
2). Improve Video Quality
A purpose-built video conferencing system will always produce better quality audio and video compared to an embedded laptop camera and ear buds. For remote employees that rely on video communication on a daily (or hourly) basis, a true-to-life 4K solution will help you present your absolute best self in every conversation. This is especially important for customer-facing employees and sales teams that want to make a good first impression when connecting face to face.
3). Increase Meeting Flexibility
Having a Lifesize account paired to a Lifesize video conferencing system in addition to the apps on your laptop and phone gives you the flexibility to answer a call from any device. If you’re in your home office and at your desk, you can easily make and receive calls from your video system. But if you’re out and about, you can still connect right from your personal device. All devices paired to your account will ring, giving you the flexibility to answer the one you wish to use.
3 Video Conferencing Solutions for the Home Office
The Lifesize App
The simplest and least expensive way to conduct video conference calls in your home office is to use the Lifesize app on your personal device. Lifesize supports a wide range of devices to support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies and user preferences with apps for PC and Mac computers, Android and iOS phones and tablets and a browser-based web app for Chromebooks and anything else that cannot download applications. Guests can easily join a Lifesize call directly from their web browser without having to download an app.
Lifesize Dash is a cost-effective video conference kit that you can use to make your home office video enabled. This software-based video collaboration solution connects to a TV using an inexpensive Chromebox device and third-party USB camera and audio devices.
Lifesize Icon 500
For an upgraded experience, the Lifesize® Icon 500™ gives you a dedicated video conferencing system with support for single or dual displays. The additional working real estate makes it easy for you to work while still having a consistent face-to-face conversation with 4K video quality and stunning 4K content sharing. The Icon 500 is the perfect sleek fit for your credenza or wall mount, with pan/tilt/zoom capabilities so you're always captured on screen in 4K.
Tips for Optimizing your Home Office for Video Conferencing
One of the most important considerations for a quality video call is the lighting in your home office. Sitting with your back to a window or other bright light source can negatively impact the quality of your video conference calls by giving you a harsh silhouette effect. Whenever possible, sit facing the window or light source to ensure your face is well illuminated and clearly visible. In addition, participants on your video calls will be treated to the view of whatever is behind you, so it’s important you set up your home office in a quiet, clean and professional environment to minimize distractions as much as possible.
For more tips on optimizing your meeting spaces for more productive and impactful meetings, check out our Complete Guide to Amazing Meeting Spaces.
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