It is no secret that the way we communicate is changing – especially in the workplace. 20 years ago, internal processes within a business were focused on communicating knowledge and plans to employees to ensure everyone is on the same page. This model was based on a few key stakeholders making decisions and relaying those decisions to employees through internal communication programs such as email or print newsletters, memos or staff meetings. Businesses did not have tools to allow them to maximize their time and employee contributions by collaborating efficiently and productively. Traditionally, the only communication options most businesses had were phone calls and in-person meetings, the first of which creates a strange dynamic that ignores non-verbal communications, the latter of which limits efficiency and productivity at the expense of a meeting.
Raise your hand if you’ve recently attended a webinar or online meeting. Just last week I attended 3 online meetings and 1 webinar. Chances are, you’ve probably been to a few yourself. That got me thinking: video conferencing is not just a commodity anymore, but rather a standard medium of business communications. For that reason, I gathered a list of growing trends that prove VC is disrupting the industry and why this medium is becoming a standard in the way we communicate.
High quality video conferencing used to be expensive and out of reach for most small businesses, but with the explosion of affordable options, video conferencing is far more accessible for everyone. However, despite the proven benefits of Video Conferencing such as: faster decision making processes, keeping remote teams connected, and saving money on travel, many are still slow to adopt. Which made me wonder, why-what’s getting in the way? There are a few common barriers that stall technology adoption, specifically with video conferencing. Let’s explore how your company can overcome them.
While researching video conferencing, I discovered that this market is growing by exponential numbers, but what’s more fascinating, is that more and more people are using video conferencing in unconventional ways.
By now, we’ve become so dependent on our mobile phones, it’s hard to image a time before they existed. In a world where there is an app for everything, it’s no surprise video conferencing is also attainable on mobile devices. This is due to mobility becoming an increasing trend in different business environments. Many front-line roles require more tools that provide flexibility and instant communication, putting mobile video conferencing on their must-have items.
Topics: Video Conferencing
WebRTC burst onto the scene in 2011 and generated a huge buzz. Everyone talked about how revolutionary it would be, how it was “going to explode,” and “change everything!” But a lot of the stuff I read didn’t explain how that was going to happen, or what WebRTC actually is. Now that it’s being implemented widely, I’ve noticed more discussion about it. Still, this discussion did little to provide clarity for users that weren’t developers. In today’s blog post I’m going to decode and explain WebRTC.
Working Remotely and Staying Connected
Remote workers all over struggle with building strong working relationships with their teams. Although technology has evolved and working remotely is more popular, face-to-face interactions are still crucial in building trust and fostering strong connections. That’s why more and more workers are relying on communication technology to create and help strengthen effective working relations between remote and onsite teams.
In recent years, there’s been lot of talk about bringing mobility to the workplace. Employers are focusing on increasing performance and productivity while supporting more flexible work environments. You may wonder, how exactly can that be achieved? At Grandstream, we use our own IP products to increase employee productivity, like our DECT Cordless IP solution. Implementing this product has led to increased efficiency and improved business practices all around.
It wasn’t until I had to host my own online meeting that I realized it takes several working components to make a meeting successful. Panic set in as the audio cut out 2 minutes before the start time and attendees’ questions were already flooding the chat. There were too many moving parts; I was overwhelmed. The disaster that was quickly unveiling made me realize I wasn’t prepared.
Topics: Video Conferencing
Ever been in a really long and (dare I say it) boring phone conference? Sitting at your desk with multiple browser windows open, phone on mute while you “listen” in? If you answered yes, then you’ve probably experienced one of the most detached and unproductive ways to participate in conferences. The time has come to ditch your outdated phone system and upgrade to a new way to collaborate: video conferencing.
When it comes to collaboration, video performs better than just audio. The face-to-face interaction from video conferencing allows users to become more engaged thanks to non-verbal communication. This attributes to a 22% increase in participation and a 26% increase in task performance. It’s no surprise the use of video conferencing has spread rapidly in the last few years.