As the hybrid work world began to take shape, virtual meetings and accompanying collaborations and video conferencing solutions became important for both employees and corporate owners. A study by Ipsos and EPOS revealed that we now spend more than 7 hours a week in virtual meetings. This was 2 hours a week last year.
Employees now prefer a more interactive approach to virtual meetings. Both parties want to be able to see the body language of the people and to observe their reactions from their facial expressions. Especially in group meetings, feeling these types of behavior, which is important for the fluency of the conversation, plays an active role in interpersonal interaction. The biggest reasons why institutions prefer virtual meetings over face-to-face meetings are time and cost, but another point to be mentioned here is the quality of the meeting. Technical problems in virtual meetings create negative effects for both institutions and employees. When the right technology and choice is not made, the person's attention gets distracted, productivity and focus decrease. The hybrid working model, which combines formal working environments with remote working, enables the development of new technologies. Virtual collaborations, which are one of the tools of the virtual business world, need to provide seamless connectivity both in and out of the office.
Hybrid work will certainly dominate in the future, but the role of face-to-face meetings should not be underestimated. In a recent survey, 67% of employees expressed that they would like more face-to-face communication after the pandemic. When the world returns to the "new normal", experts predict a 25% increase in time spent in face-to-face meetings and a 13% decrease in requests for virtual meetings. Undoubtedly; It will be nice to attend the meetings we are used to when physical returns to workplaces occur full-time, alternately or partially, but we will not be able to give up the virtual meeting approach. We all hope to have smooth meetings with colleagues from around the world, not just in our local office. Therefore, where meetings with small physical groups will return, it will also be standard practice to seek out colleagues working remotely, making virtual meeting collaborations a key component of hybrid work from now on.
If businesses can use the right technology to support themselves, it will be possible to build unlimited teams. The physical teams in the field and the virtual teams will unite via video conferencing and create a professional team, which will increase the efficiency of the institution. Thanks to the powerful role of EPOS' audio and visual technology, you can eliminate distractions and focus on improving human interaction.