There is no question that video conferencing improves workplace communication exponentially when compared to chat, audio, or email alone by adding in quality face-to-face interaction. But what are the broader ways implementing video conferencing software can benefit your company, in both the short and long-term? Below we’ll explore how it all adds up—how video conferencing software arms employees to work efficiently from anywhere, using fewer communication tools, and ultimately yielding big returns for IT.
More Remote Work = Higher Demand for Communication Tools
As a result of digitization, today’s workforce is increasingly spread out. With that comes the need for more travel, more communication across distances, and more tools for collaborating digitally. It’s easy to observe how business travel and commuting can negatively impact employee morale: jet lag, transit time, and lack of access to company resources are a few. But on a larger scale, the costs of travel for businesses can be immense when factoring in expenses like flights, cabs, trains, hotels, and meals on the road.
Because more people can perform jobs digitally, more people expect to work from anywhere. At least 50 percent of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with teleworking at least part-time. And 43 percent said they would choose the option to work remotely over a pay raise. But, more remote workers means a higher demand for tools to facilitate collaboration and communication across distances.
More Communication Tools = Increased Spend
IT teams spend a lot of time and capital on finding and implementing the right collaboration tools for their businesses. These can include apps for messaging, screen sharing, audio, and video, to name a few. While the benefits of these solutions are aplenty—more efficient communication, access to real-time information, ability to measure and identify trends, enhanced relationships, better ideas—having access to all these collaborative tools won’t be all fun and games if businesses don’t use them strategically.
The average organization supplies around 935 cloud-based business tools for employees, which is both overwhelming and inefficient for users. Furthermore, they are costly in time and money for the IT teams who implement them.
More Money Spent = Higher Expectations
The more money the company spends on IT infrastructure, the higher the expectations are that the solutions are high-quality and easy to use. By providing all the robust capabilities your team needs—like audio, video and screen sharing—and integrating with the ones you can’t live without—like Slack, Microsoft Office 365 and Gmail—video conferencing allows IT teams to deliver all the functions employees need to collaborate efficiently.