Ah, the old office meeting. Love them or hate them, they're a staple of any enterprise. Regardless of the industry you work in, there's bound to be a moment - once a month, or perhaps even once a week - when the entire office crowds into a small, claustrophobia-inducing room to take tabs on what everyone's doing. As you sit and listen to each facet of the company report its status, you wonder, desperately, if there's any alternative to these interminable and unremittingly boring excursions into corporate routine. Fortunately, a much better option does exist: online meetings. With unified communications, online meetings can become a viable opportunity for any company, with many advantages. Here are a few of them:
- Time saved. When a company decides to conduct a physical meeting, time needs to be spent booking a conference room, planning for the event itself, and then waiting on the inevitable late-comers who will delay the start of the meeting. But online meetings eliminate these time-wasting moments by offering easy-to-use Web conferencing that workers can access from the comfort of their desk (or their smartphone while suspended 33,000 feet above ground, as the case may be). This remote access also allows people who aren't physically in the office to participate in meetings, as business.com points out.
- Recorded meetings. There's something inherently repetitive about the old boardroom meeting. It's like, "Didn't we just discuss that last week? Why are we talking about it again?" Fortunately, online meetings right that wrong by providing the easy option to record each conference, thereby ensuring that any potential overlap from week to week can be mitigated via a simple review of the last recorded meeting.
- Overall productivity boosts. For businesses that have work-from-home policies, the availability of online meetings promises significant productivity increases, as web-meetings points out. That's because workers who are doing their job from home won't have to drive into the office on meeting days, which means that the time they save driving is time that can go toward boosting enterprise productivity.
- Forward thinking. With the broad availability of cloud solutions, organizations are increasingly occupying the virtual realm. For this reason, the adoption of online meetings is only in keeping with a wider business move toward virtualizing infrastructure.
Now that you've had a taste of some of the benefits of an online meeting structure, why not realize them yourself?