Conferences aren’t just for big businesses. Every day, more and more small businesses are opting for them too.
Long trips to meeting places aren’t essential any more. Video conferences are growing in popularity for small and big businesses alike, thanks to the low cost and practicality of just switching on a video communication.
In case you’re not already convinced, here are four good reasons to think about starting to make video calls:
Video conferences save money
It’s not cheap to travel these days. Plus, if the train is late or traffic is piling up on the motorway, employees will miss meetings. This is why video links are increasingly being used to stay in touch with colleagues and form good relationships with clients without fear of making a bad impression by being late. And the savings on travel for your company are remarkable.
There are upfront costs, but they pale in comparison to the bill tallied up from transporting employees to meetings. In addition, online meetings reduce your company’s carbon footprint.
Maintain Personal Connections
When cementing relationships with potential clients, putting a face to the voice on the phone or person behind an email works wonders. When participants can see each other’s faces and body language, meetings become much more personal and cement the foundations for familiarity.
Improving the balance of work and life
Too much travelling around is a real drain on the human body as a matter of course. Employees who can expect to get up early and return home late for the sake of a two-hour conference will become burnt out incredibly quickly and won’t perform so well at work. Reducing the stress of key staffers – including yourself – is paramount for running a successful business.
And if you are away from the office, teleconferencing keeps you connected. Bad weather isn’t a problem as long as you have an internet connection.
Connection for essential employees
Sometimes valuable employees will need to work from home. In this case, there’s no need to take on extra employees in the office; smaller firms in particular know the value of individual staff who have created long-time customer relationships. Web conferencing allows remote employees to keep on top of the business.
Web conferencing also allows such helpful tools as screen sharing; your estranged employee can show you exactly what he or she is working on, and offer or receive help regarding the subject. Graphs, written work and accounts can all be shared in this manner.