Jabra - A better way to meet

21 March 2024

In May of 2023, Microsoft revealed a striking statistic: individuals are now in 3 times as many work-related meetings and calls per week compared to February 2020 – a massive 192% increase! The average worker now spends 25% of their day in Teams meetings.

With over 572 million knowledge workers worldwide, we’re collectively spending billions of hours in virtual meetings every week. However, many of these meetings are taking place in conditions that are far from conductive to collaboration or productivity.

In their Hybrid Ways of Working 2023 Global Report, Jabra found that how people were seen and heard, as well as how well they could see and hear their colleagues in remote meetings was impacting team trust, creativity, and innovation. And although we’re collectively spending a significant proportion of time in virtual meetings, most meeting rooms still don’t have the right equipment. 

All this led Jabra to wonder… how much is the technology we’re using impacting our behaviour in meetings and our ability to collaborate effectively?

The Research

London School of Economics and Jabra research, simulating real-world meeting collaboration in different technology setups. 88 participants representing 15 nationalities.

The Technology

The study featured two conference room setups, using Jabra PanaCast 50 or nearest competitor’s video bar. Two remote setups, using Jabra Evolve2 85 audio and Jabra PanaCast 20 video, or modern laptop’s built-in microphone and camera. 

Key Findings

The findings clearly illustrate the importance of professional in-room and remote technology in facilitating a better meeting experience for everyone. Remote workers reported increased presence, impact and inclusion when using professional headsets and webcams, whilst the right meeting room equipment has a significant impact on the overall meeting experience for both remote and in-office employees. The results were even more striking when everyone was using Jabra professional equipment.