According to the Economist, most employees would rather go to the dentist than waste time attending or prepping for meetings. Not only do most of us spend hours attending meetings, but we spend even more time prepping. Some preparation is good: gathering data, for example, makes it easier for others to understand your ideas. Other preparation however, like scrambling around for the right adapter, is pure waste.
How often does the following situation happen to you? You show up for a meeting, and the first 10 minutes are spent either trying to locate a cable adapter because there are none in the conference room or trying to connect a laptop to a monitor. Even scarier, if multiple people need to connect throughout the meeting, that means additional time spent disconnecting and reconnecting. If you have ten people in your meeting, that’s a total of 100 minutes wasted. Depending on who’s in the room, those 100 wasted minutes could be costing you thousands of dollars. And that’s the cost of just one meeting!
In addition to the wasted time, there’s also the potential for embarrassment or awkwardness in front of your team, or worse, your clients.
So how do you avoid the massive waste of time, embarrassment, and frustration with meeting logistics? A simple piece of hardware, called a cable adapter tether or TetherTies, can keep your meetings on track. They’re easy to implement with five quick steps:
Take Inventory of Your Conference Spaces
The first step is to take stock of all conference rooms and monitors. Do you need to account for multiple cable adapter tethers per room? Are there other spaces people use for meetings, even if not a conference room, officially?
Don’t forget about external spaces. For instance, if you go onsite to meet with clients or vendors, you might need to have adapters on hand when you travel.
Take Inventory of Individual Employee Needs
The next step is to determine if individual employees will need their own cable adapter tethers. For instance, some people use laptops and a larger monitor at their desks. You might need extras for individual employee use.
This can be solved with either purchasing them for the entire company, depending on the size, or asking employees if they’d like to request one to avoid losing them or borrowing from each other. You can also mention they’ll no longer be able to take them from the conference rooms!
Account for Future Needs
While determining how many cable adapter tethers you need, also account for any future growth the company may experience. Will there be additional conference rooms built? Are teams growing? Once you’ve identified the number of cable adapter tethers needed, visit TetherTies.com and place your order.
Installing Your TetherTies
TetherTies are designed to be fast and easy to install. We provide all the tools you need, so that you can be up and running in less than 15 seconds. This short installation video will guide you through the process of implementing our adapters in a conference space.
After all the conference rooms are installed with their own cable adapter tether, you can then provide individual employees with their own if requested.
Messaging Your Team
After the TetherTies® have been installed throughout the company, alert your employees through email, Slack or another internal communication channel. Explain how these cable adapter tethers’ will help make their meetings more efficient and smoother, guaranteeing that one is always available in a conference room.
Also let employees know they can request more if needed. We recommend using a form for these requests, so you can easily track the data and changes over time.
Lastly, at the end of the year, share with your company how much time and money were saved! Not to mention the efficiency and professionalism you’ll be able to show for executives, board members, existing or potential clients.
Regarding cost savings: the average cost of many Mac, PC, VGA, HDMI or similar computer peripherals can run $50 or more. TetherTies® have an average cost of $3.50-$4.00. If a tethering solution reduces replacement needs by 75%, that can save a mid-size to large organization thousands of dollars each year.
Gone are the days of wasted time, hunting for an adapter. No longer do your employees need to dread the slow start to most meetings. TetherTies will help you get the most out of your conference rooms and help the entire company run more smoothly.