Virtual Meetings Have Productivity Advantage Due to Greater Resilience

Collaborative technology is making it easier and easier for people to work together, when they're not physically in the same place.

Sometimes, it's necessary to have virtual meetings, because team members are geographically distributed. But it turns out that even when the team can easily be physically together, it's often more productive not to require this. Virtual working has some big productivity advantages. For example:

  • People are less likely to be delayed due to transportation problems
  • People are less likely to cancel because they need to take personal time off. They can do whatever they need to do, and still fit in the meeting
  • If there's been a misunderstanding, and someone didn't know that the meeting was to be held at that time, it's easier to to pull them in on the fly
  • There's less chit-chat overhead
  • Scheduling's easier, because participants can be more flexible about when meetings can be held

All in all, virtual meetings are more resilient than physical meetings, and that translates to a productivity boost.

Author: David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Posted August 13, 2005 at 6:01 AM | Permalink

    Interesting insights. I would be interested to see how virtual meeting serve the social purpose of a group: update the emotional balance sheet.
    Our (non scientific) experience has taught us, that non-direct meetings tend to enlarge, especially negative, perceptions of emotions.

    My 2c
    😉 stw

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