Google Chromebox is one of the best new platforms emerging to revolutionise the meeting space. But we’re often asked how to use the technology in practice, so here’s how some of the world’s biggest and most fast-paced brands have utilised the platform.
A glimpse inside Google London
Google is using this as a method of democratising the technology with over 12,800 internal users relying on it as their main source of communication every day.
The redesign of Google’s London office in Kings Cross is geared around the platform with open plan meeting spaces surrounding the central staircase that people are encouraged to use at any point.
They also all have Chromebox For Meetings set up in their own working spaces. Further to this, they have what is known as the wormhole, this is a Hangout channel that is always open so people are always accessible for internal conversations. This has been especially useful within the mail rooms as the postal teams can show someone the package so they know the item that are waiting for has arrived and which sorting office to report to…not making the journey for junk mail.
A look around Yahoo
Yahoo has also adopted the Google Chromebox For Meetings system and has reported how it has improved the working environment with positive, open communications. They were already using the Google Calendar system so this was a natural next step and the best way for ensuring high adoption rates. By using the same operating system that employees were already used to, people felt confident that they could use the new system and were rewarded with quick and easy connectivity.
The affordable cost of the system meant they could roll this out in hundreds of rooms so everyone has access.
The inner workings of Pinterest
Pinterest has installed the Chromebox For Meetings system and noticed that people were able to begin using it without any hand holding. This has allowed them to set up a conference room in every remote office and with one of the core company values being ‘knitting’, this has really helped bring people together.
From these examples we can see that solutions that streamline the working practice by improving communications between all parties are having a positive effect on the outcome from these tech giants.
Research from Apperian in 2016 has also shown that video conferencing for meetings instead of constant travel has had a positive impact on employee wellbeing and that collaborative working leads to operating expenditure savings.
So the price of no video conferencing? Disjointed communications, ineffective remote workers, tired employees travelling for no reason and much larger overheads. To still be in the game in 2020 it seems investment is the way forward.