Monday, December 5, 2016

The cost of distraction



How To Avoid Distractions From Killing Your Employees Productivity 


Losing focus throughout your day can be deadly for your workplace productivity, and it destroys the workplace experience.

Often, at AskCody, we talk about the "meeting room booking nightmare." Today, we'll be talking about another nightmare that happens at every single workplace over and over again. The famous "Tap on the shoulder" nightmare. In this post, we discuss the cost of that.

Every day in the workplace, knowledge workers diverts their attention to interruptions and other distractions, thereby diminishing efficiency and productivity.

At the same time, too many employees complain about the work environment due to that two out of three employees feel that their colleagues disturb too much.




“Hey, do you have a second?”


Six words that can destroy productivity for even the best of us.

When repeated over and over and over again over days and weeks and months, “having a sec” can rob an otherwise productive and effective person of hundreds of hours of good work.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Here's what we did last month


AskCody in October


Below, you get the top 5 features and improvements we've been working on in October - and it's ready for you to try out now!

Enjoy!

Monday, October 31, 2016

We’re excited to announce our partnership with ScreenCloud!



A new week, a new awesome partnership!


We’re excited to announce our partnership with ScreenCloud - a cloud-based digital signage app that helps businesses to send awesome content to screens. Digital signage is too complicated and expensive for many companies. ScreenCloud is on a mission to educate and empower these companies, to ensure that no screens are left blank, running out of date content or playing the TV news on mute.



Through ScreenCloud, businesses are able to power up screens with rich content such as images, videos, presentations, social media, world news, stocks, currency information and dashboards. Including AskCodys meeting room dashboard linked to the company's Outlook or Google Calendar, to display what goes on inside the meeting rooms.

ScreenCloud helps you ditch the clunky hardware, expensive media players and cranky IT guys. Allowing you to easily set up rich digital signage displays, on consumer-grade hardware, using simple CMS tools like apps, playlists and schedules. 



Through ScreenCloud you can also power up your AskCody meeting booking systems and wayfinding onto the screens, tablets and kiosks around you.

That’s right! As a partner of ScreenCloud you can find the AskCody meeting room dashboard ActitivyView in the ScreenCloud App Store, ready to help transfer your most important office management system into your physical location.

To start your 14-day free trial of ScreenCloud (no credit card required) head to https://screen.cloud/signage and check it out for yourself!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Make your office screens intelligent - Guest post by Steffen Hedebrandt, Airtame

The following post is a guest post from Airtame, the creators of wireless HDMI dongle that plugs into TVs and projectors. With Airtame plugged in, everyone can connect wirelessly using just an app from PC, Mac or Smartphone

Is this room taken? When is the next meeting? Who’s coming to this meeting?


If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because these are common questions during a day in almost any office. Everyone is struggling to keep the meeting room efficiency up.

Another efficiency area in offices is the misutilization of those dark, turned-off office screens that are hanging everywhere in offices.

In our view, AskCody has the answer for both challenges.



Smarter screens and no cables


At Airtame, we think it’s about time that the world starts throwing out cables and adapters in offices.

We think it’s time for a smarter way of collaborating. We think it’s to time utilize all those flat screens hanging around your office.

In short, we believe that it's time to go wireless.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Updates in September

Hello there!

It's been a while! A lot has been going on at AskCody, and we would love to tell you about it.

In this new series of newsletters and blog posts that will be updated every month, we'll keep you on track with new features and updates on the AskCody Platform.

In this first series, you have 5 updates deployed in September.

We hope you find the updates useful. If you do, we’d appreciate you leaving a comment and sharing it with anyone else who you think would benefit from it.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Here we go! Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016 is just hours away...

AskCody will be attending this years World Partner Conference - The largest event for Microsoft partners.


When it comes to meeting the right people in the right place, bigger is better. The Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) brings together over 15,000 attendees from around the globe for a week of networking and learning—all with the goal of increasing partner profitability and accelerating business growth.

This year, AskCody will be showcased in booth # 523 where we'll focus on our meeting room management solution for Office 365 and Outlook - The add-ins that simplify meeting scheduling and streamline conference room booking, eliminating a nightmarish aspect of day-do-day business that zaps productivity and wastes precious time. 



We'd love to invite you to our booth to give you a walk through of our platform and solution, and discuss how we can help you manage you meetings smarter, or help your clients improve their everyday worklife productivity. 

In this blog we'll tell a bit more about what to expect from AskCody at this years WPC and what we would like to showcase.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Press release: AskCody Accelerates Global Availability with the Microsoft Office Store Launch of Key Office 365 Apps Just In Time for Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

With the constant demand for increase in office and workplace productivity, AskCody® is now changing the way meetings and all associated items and resources are booked and managed across organizations and locations – All inside Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office 365.


Aalborg, Denmark, June 15 - Meetings are a necessary part of business, but what isn’t necessary is the amount of time spent arranging them. For organizations with a lot of meetings, meeting rooms and especially meeting rooms located across locations and time-zones, finding an available room and booking of associated services can be a nightmare for employees.





AskCody® is changing that with the new meeting management suite with RoomFinder™ and Meeting+™, based on Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Outlook. The Add-ins come as integrated booking tools improving productivity and efficiency when booking meetings in Outlook and are now available in the Office Store. AskCody® provides the flexibility users need to stay productive and hence effectively and efficiently manage their time and activities in a modern workplace. Now companies can ditch 3rd party applications or the use of other cumbersome processes like email, phone calls or even sticky notes to book meeting rooms or services.

RoomFinder™ lets employees search for and book rooms or other resources like “hot desks” based on availability, for meetings the number of attendees, purpose of the conference and in-room equipment. Employees can search for rooms that suit the purpose of their meeting (e.g., Video Conference or Internal Meeting) or search for meeting rooms with the right facilities or capabilities.

Meeting+™ is best described as a “webshop” for Outlook that lets employees book and manage meeting services like catering, additional meeting room equipment, cars, or other resources. People can now book what they need inside Outlook, and the kitchen or facilities management instantly knows exactly what, when, and where they need it delivered. All the assigned resources like catering, AV and telepresence, table arrangement and more, follow the meeting if it is rescheduled.

It’s one of our customers’ biggest concerns and requests to have everything regarding meeting room booking and meeting room management integrated well with Office 365 and Outlook to maximize productivity in the organization. Customers are telling us that a flexible workplace environment with the right management tools is key to their future success AskCody® enables and empowers employees to manage meetings and meeting rooms with ease, all inside Outlook and Office 365,” said Allan Mørch, CTO & Founder, AskCody®.

"Innovative solutions like AskCody, RoomFinder and Meeting+ will help our joint customers dynamically find the right space with the right equipment at the right time much more efficiently," said Rob Howard, director, Office 365 Ecosystem, Microsoft.

About AskCody®
AskCody® creates a happier, more convenient and more productive, modern workplace, while optimizing recourses and reducing interruptions. The product suite simplifies meeting scheduling and streamlines conference room booking and management - all aspects of business that have long been recognized as nightmares, hurdles to productivity and a waste of resources.

For more information please contact:
Henrik Balle, President AskCody, Inc., henrik@goaskcody.com / +1 305 924 8010
Allan Mørch, CTO & Founder, allan@askcody.dk / +45 98 13 10 94

Monday, May 30, 2016

10 ways to improve visitor management with a virtual visitor management system

Did you ever consider ways to allocate your front desk resources to more value adding assignments in your organization?


Every day people at your office or front desk ask others or themselves:

· Who are visiting today?

· Who are they visiting?

· Which meetings are they attending?

· Have the employees been notified about their arrival (bummer, they are not at their desk - what’s their mobile number again)?

· Which visitors are currently on the premises?

· What’s that password for our guest WiFi again?

· Did the guests check out again?




All the questions are often cumbersome and time consuming to answer.

With a virtual visitor management system, you can optimize time and resources by compiling multiple administrative functions into one single solution and hence improve productivity dramatically at the front desk and for other employees.

Tasks like registration of guests, guest logging, NDA signing, printing of guest passes/name tags and notification of the meeting host can be handled automatically and hence free up resources at your front desk – not to mention a much improved visitor experience.

Friday, February 12, 2016

5 things to look for in digital wayfinding to increase efficiency and improve patient satisfaction at hospitals

The reality is that hospitals and campuses are getting larger and their footprints are becoming more and more complex.

When going to a hospital, the last thing you need to worry about when rushing to your examination is finding your way around the outpatient clinics, nursing stations, hall ways, or information areas. Try adding another layer. The layer of stress and fear that a person entering a hospital might have.

In a report released by Deloitte Digital, 30% of the first-time visitors to a hospital report getting lost. 30%! That’s 3 out of 10!

People don’t go to a hospital for fun; people go to the hospital because they are sick or visiting ill family or friends. So being able to easily find your way is crucial. The thing is though that 30% of the first-time visitors to a hospital report getting lost and 25% of hospital staff cannot locate critical destinations within a hospital.

Entering a hospital, many patients already feel nervous and scared, and the anxiety of getting lost or missing an appointment can be frustrating. Digital wayfinding can help make them feel at ease about navigating your hospital.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In a Modern Workplace the only constant is change!


So, how do you keep ahead of today’s activities, find your way to available meeting rooms, know if a huddle room is free or occupied, and make sure that guests and visitors can find their way to where you and your staff members are located for the day?


New and alternate approaches to workplaces are continually emerging. The latest growing trend is called “Activity-based Working” or “Mordern Workplace”. Activity-based Working aim to boost collaboration, productivity and flexibility while reducing costs.

A Modern Workplace is an ever-changing environment


Activity-based Working is a workplace strategy that provides people with a choice of settings for a variety of workplace activities. Rather than forcing individuals to undertake all their work at one setting, Activity-based Working allows people to physically locate themselves where it is most suitable for them to complete their work. Just like Macquarie’s Sydney workplace at One Shelley Street (image above) or like Microsoft's new Denmark headquarters below (which by the way was inspired by a Bill Gates memo from 10 years ago).