Having a TV at your office or in your home office has its advantages and disadvantages. In our view, the advantages of having one far outweigh the disadvantages. This is because televisions can be used to inform, entertain and provide background noise for a more conducive working environment.
We assess the benefits of having a TV in your office or workplace and how best to install one to make the most of these benefits. It all depends on the type of business you run, the number of clients or employees you have, and the budget you have.
Advantages of Having a TV in the Office
Some of the advantages that come with having a television in your office include the following:
1. Provides a professional look
With a TV in the lobby or other location in the office, you get a professional look from clients, employees and other relevant parties. It also shows that the firm cares about the employees.
2. Used as an information tool
Televisions can be used as dynamic information boards for project management, internal communication and even to advertise to customers in the lobby. For teams and departments, you can have a TV screen put up to display the progress of certain projects in terms of dates and milestones.
You can stream news channels to keep the employees and customers informed.
3. Used to motivate
You can have the TV running a list of the achievements of the firm or department to motivate the employees to do more. Videos of awards being given, projects being completed and flagged off and many others can do the trick for this one.
4. Helps engage the customers
In the waiting room, a TV can serve many purposes when it comes to engaging with customers. First, it can be used to entertain them so that they don’t get agitated when a customer is served for seemingly too long. Those with kids also get the benefit of the kids being entertained and thus staying calm and happy.
TVs can also be used to pass across information to the customers. For example, the progress of some ongoing projects, the next client to be served and new products by the firm can all be integrated into the TVs in the lobby.
You can also use TVs to make announcements in the waiting lobby. These can be general announcements or others which will likely receive faster response when sound is combined with pictures and videos.
5. Provides background noise for better work
While some people prefer pin drop silence to focus on their work, a majority prefer some form of background noise and TVs provide the best of that. It can either be some background music, news or other items running on the TV. Provided the sound isn’t so loud that it distracts the workforce, it’s a great welcome.
6. Can be used for other purposes
With modern TVs coming with all sorts of connections, you can plug in your CPU and use the TV as a monitor whenever you need a larger screen. This is best suited to home setups where you’re the only one using the TV in your home office.
7. Cheaper to use than house TVs
Unlike a house TV that’ll need to have the best specifications in terms of the picture quality, sound and others, a TV at your office is often just good enough to run a few pictures and videos and that’s it. Unless you get a really bad one, no customer or employee will complain that the TV in the office doesn’t have 4K quality content. That saves on the money you spend on it.
8. Entertains and unifies the workforce
When employees can get the latest news and events and discuss them with each other, they get to bond with one another thus fostering unity amongst themselves.
You can have TVs in the lobby, in restaurants, gyms and many other places you see fit. the number and size of TV will depend on the size and purpose of the business.
Disadvantages of Having a TV in the Office
The downsides to having a TV in the office include the following:
1. It’s a distraction
To some employees, a TV will distract them from their work in various ways. It can be that they find themselves watching it too much at the expense of working, or that they are distracted by the background noise from it.
How to Pick the Right TV for Your Office
The aspects to focus on to get the right TV for your office include:
1. Moderate display resolution
Unless you intend to run some high definition content on the TVs, you don’t need to have a 4K TV in the office for customers and employees to watch. As long as the content is clear and the colors aren’t too washed out, you should be okay with any TV. A 1080p resolution or HD TV is enough.
As such, you don’t need to go for the high-end Samsung or LG models. You shouldn’t, however, go for the cheapest models on the market as they also portray something negative to the customers. One would wonder how you could give them quality service if you can’t get a quality TV for yourself.
2. Good sound quality
This aspect depends on whether the TV will be used to make announcements or there’s an independent sound system that will be used for that. If you just use the TV for displaying pieces of information, you can get away with crappy sound from the TV.
3. Good connectivity
The TV you choose for your office should be able to connect to a computer CPU and other vital connections through HDMI, VGA, CEC, USB and many other ports. You’ll want to connect it to an information source to have the right purpose at work. Luckily, almost every modern TV will come with these ports.
4. Medium to large screen size
Your office TV will be mounted in a strategic place and chances are high that it’ll be at least a few feet from the closest person. For this reason, go for a TV screen at least 43 inches so that a customer, employee or other party can comfortably read and see the items on the TV from afar.
5. Right number of TVs
Even when you’re putting a TV in a single room, you’ll need more than one to avoid viewers crowding on one TV. And you should have them in different directions for everyone to have access to them. Don’t put too many of them in the same room as it leads to an overload on the viewers. Besides that, you can have them showing different channels or items to break the monotony.
With these aspects, you’re sure to make the most of the TV(s) in your office be it at home or in the office.
- What is a business TV?
This is TV in a business setup used to entertain, inform or perform another purpose at the office.
- Can I use Hulu in my business?
Streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix and others can be streamed at the place of work as long as they don’t distract the workers too much.
- How can I turn my TV into a computer?
You’ll need a separate CPU, HDMI or VGA cables, a keyboard and mouse for this. You then plug the CPU with the peripherals into the TV, optimize the screen settings then use it as a screen for your CPU.