Technology is reaching new heights every day and it has touched all facets of life. With sophisticated high-speed data transfer, face-to-face communication knows no bounds. Video conferencing has changed the way the world communicates. It has a tremendous impact on how business is carried out, improving the services a company offers across the world. It has shrunk the boundaries of classrooms in education. It has brought families closer together, although they may be geographically dispersed. Companies have a global presence today and it has become a tough task for management to keep track of their remote offices. Video conferencing proves to be the most financially viable option to save time, travel, and energy of individuals.
Companies offering cell phone connections, and cell phone manufacturers, have made video calling one of their unique service points. Today, we have companies that are rolling out video call apps that have made communicating truly face-to-face.
Here are some benefits of video conferencing.
- Remote Work
The concept of remote work gained prominence with video conference calling. People at different locations can get in touch with each other, from the comfort of their office or home. This helps in connecting real time resulting in establishing a better relationship with colleagues. It results in far more effective communication which is good for businesses.
- Save Travelling Costs and Time
Video conference calls save time, money and energy on travelling. Companies now have the freedom of planning their meeting at short notice. Today, conferences often happen remotely, helped by HD quality and enhanced sound. Documents and presentations can be shared online resulting in efficient delivery of services. Many video conference facilities allow multiple users to log in and edit documents simultaneously.
Video conferencing is dependent on quality infrastructure. A consistent internet connection, and high spec computer, camera, microphone and speakers and important. They play a crucial role in the success of the conference call.
Video conferencing however comes with disadvantages.
- Loss Of The Personal Touch
Nothing can replace the feel and ambiance of a real boardroom meeting. Body language could be missed, and this is a real danger if there is a lag in the connection.
- Technical Glitch
As stated above with less human interaction, the onus of a successful meeting lies with technology. A consistent and strong internet connection is important to ensure no lag. A lag results in people not saying things they otherwise would.
- Varying Time Zones
Companies have to play to the time-zones of the customers which can be challenging for companies to manager.
- Cost Of Set-Up
Video conferencing also involves high investments to develop the infrastructure.
There are more benefits to video conferencing than costs. Once the technology is purchased, the cost savings will start to accumulate with less travel costs and increased communication.