We all know that in-person communications matter. According to a recent study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 75% of Global Business Leaders state it is critical for business success. Nothing compares to it when it comes to making a first impression, managing a crisis, brainstorming creative solutions to a problem, or kicking off a new project.
But in today’s global workplace, facilitating in-person meetings is more and more difficult with a workforce that’s increasingly shifted by time and location. Even among video conferencing systems the only solution that provides a natural “in-person” meeting experience is telepresence . Telepresence creates the intimacy of an in-room meeting, keeps employee engagement high and increases effectiveness by bringing participants together virtually.
In the not-too-distant past the boardroom was a place where executives met to plan the future of the company, analyze the competition, discuss satisfaction and retention, and generally come together to brainstorm how to accelerate success. On occasion guests were invited to the boardroom – for example, top customers who required an executive briefing or an employee celebrating 25 years at a company.
Executives would spend hours, if not days, traveling to the boardroom to meet his or her peers face-to-face. The boardroom would be filled with executives sitting down to hammer out the company’s top initiatives.
Today’s boardroom is empty.
Or at least not quite as full as it was a few years ago. Read More »
So many great conversations with leaders from around the world.
My appreciation to Jeffrey, Markus, Alice, Richard and everyone from IACA who organized and planned this impressive conference. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Eline, Paul, and Maarten from 3rd Millennium Productions and Camp Creative for producing these videos.
Jeffrey Apperson, President IACA was a great host and leader with the team of volunteers that planned and organized this conference with great success.
Rely on the trusty Internet Business Services Group within the Cisco to come up with insightful research nuggets on how we all really work. Their latest IBSG Horizons Study, “The Everywhere Employee“, gives some fascinating detail on the dollars and sense underlying the idea of working “your way”.
Most interesting to me, of course, is the part about telecommuting. Did you know that 44% of knowledge workers telecommute at least one day a week? And that this one day a week alone saves companies $2,400 a year per employee?
So let’s do the math (my favorite part). In a 10,000 person company, 4,400 employees work one day a week from somewhere else, which translates to a whopping $11 million a year. Enough to pay for some nice executive bonuses!
This pairs nicely with the findings of a study Stanford University professors published in November 2011, “Does Working from Home Work?”. They gave an emphatic “yes” and also ran the numbers specific to their use case (which examined full-time telecommuters), located in Appendix A4.
So how does this relate to video? In every way possible. Not only can you use a nice, sleek EX90 TelePresence unit on your home office desk, you can use Jabber video on your tablet. Or take your laptop into the neighborhood coffeeshop and join the video-based Webex meeting (just please remember to mute: coffee grinders are loud).