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AVWeek 453: Empathy & Inclusion

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While the AVNation offices are in the process of moving, George Tucker takes the helm for us and bring along some experts in the field to talk about the latest happenings in the commercial side of the AV industry.

George Tucker fills in for Tim Albright and is joined by QSC’s Cory Schaeffer, All Things TechIE Host Justin Dawson, and Chris Bianchet of Herman Integration Services. On the show our panelists discuss Systems Contractor News’ feature, “Competing Integrators Work Together to Teach Future AV Pros” by Megan Dutta, which highlights Jeremy Caldera and Chris Kusek’s AV program at Columbia College in Chicago. With live sound engineers grabbing the AV spotlight, the panelists make an argument for creating a career path to a more well-rounded  AV career starting in high school and college, including courses and classes that provide degrees and certifications, that can bring awareness to the industry.

Next, what can companies do to keep up with their employees amidst COVID-19? This question is tackled in Commercial Integrator’s story, “Four Tips for Managing Remote Workers” and is further explored on the show. Bianchet and his team haven taken the time to set new goals, consistent Zoom check-ins, online industry classes, and afterwork video socials. Schaeffer adds that this will be a part of the new normal, even as some of us return to offices as we have proven we can still be productive working from home. From a QSC perspective, a new empathy has been found for remote workers, Schaeffer says, as a hybrid approach to work evolves, while Dawson adds that we have to have compassion as people adjust to using their laptop audio and video as their home life plays out in the background. As the AV industry learn our way through this crisis, guests also discuss how the WFH model reshapes the use of meeting spaces and huddle rooms when some tasks and meetings can’t be handled remotely.

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