Much of the recent discussion about video conferencing and telepresence revolves around their ability to replace travel, and the associated cost and time savings. But business continuity is a critical benefit that is now more pertinent than ever with the CDC’s prediction that up to 40% of the population will be impacted by Swine Flu in the coming months.
With the CDC recommending that people who have symptoms or have been exposed to others with symptoms stay home, telework is fast becoming a must have for companies preparing to deal with mass absences. Telework has historically drawn mixed feelings from managers who don’t want to lose control, and employees who don’t want to lose face-time. Video conferencing solves these concerns by enabling workers to instantly interact face-to-face as easily as making a phone call. The advanced content sharing abilities of today’s systems maintains the same level of collaboration and productivity for workers as if they were in the office – sometimes even more.
Watch this interview with TANDBERG Americas President Rick Snyder about the business continuity benefits of telework and how it’s enhanced by visual communications: