The idea of virtual meetings has been around for years and years. Today, however, with the advent of much better technology and faster telecommunications, they are better than they have ever been, and they keep us connected.
Did you know that 97% of businesses say that at least one area of their company has improved thanks to virtual meetings? Virtual meetings are becoming pretty much standard in the business world, with 89% of businesses using them in some way, shape or form.
As with many developing technologies, businesses can be resistant to early adoption until they see that their use can cause a definitive impact on the bottom line.
Just stop to consider the costs involved with arranging face-to-face meetings for both internal employees and external clients. The travel and hospitality costs required to bring together key people from various areas of the country can add up quite quickly. With technology, meetings could be held virtually anywhere both parties had a reliable connection speed and quiet space to speak for a fraction of the cost and no loss of productivity from travel time.
The benefits of virtual meetings are not purely financial. With the options for telecommuting and telecommuting improving, and changes to the dynamics and demands of childcare, employees are increasingly calling for more flexible hours to maintain a better work/life balance.
Virtual meetings can greatly improve employee flexibility, allowing for a reduced need to work away for the purpose of meetings, and the ability to work from home without being excluded from office interactions and decision making.
The old adage that a happy employee is a productive employee rings true, as businesses will benefit from the time saved by the implementation of virtual meetings, and the improved satisfaction of employees, leading to greater productivity or an increase in the quality of work.
A major hurdle to businesses jumping in this trend is a lack of understanding of the technology involved in virtual meetings held them back from utilizing them as much as they would like to. Clearly there is work to be done within companies to educate on the benefits of the technology but the onboarding and functionality of these platforms are extremely user friendly and easily to master with minimal training.
So instead of spending time, energy and expense drawing everyone into the office for a meeting, training or special announcement think again how advantageous virtual meetings would be to reach everyone. What is holding you back from working smarter, not harder?