Will Videoconferencing Replace Business Travel

May 9th, 2012

There aren’t many people who look forward to going on business trips. They’re a hassle and expensive for the company. Business travelers often feel hurried, which results in insufficient sleep and poor eating habits, which exacerbates stress. Not to mention dealing with Airports and long-term parking. Therefore, many businesses decide to use videoconferencing as much as possible. But do you think that business travel is on its way out? Will Videoconferencing replace it completely?

The End of Business Travel?

Do we want to strive for the termination of business travel? Maybe not, think about the differences between in-person meeting and videoconferencing.

Fluid discussion is usually less frequent when videoconferencing. It’s tough to identify precisely why. It could be due, in part, to office distractions, and also to any lag that the videoconference has. These problems could be solved with technological advancements. But in general, when people are videoconferencing they have a tendency to stick to the main task of the meeting instead of allow discussion to flow naturally, which can result in creative ideas.

The Benefits of Face-to-Face Time

Conversation evolves much more easily with in-person interactions. This is healthy, and as far as business is concerned, can be very advantageous. Having an impromptu brainstorming session can bring about ideas that can lead the business down a path that wasn’t previously anticipated. This isn’t to say that every face-to-face meeting becomes a game-changing brainstorming session. But if a meeting degenerates into story telling, this is an chance for co-workers to strengthen their interpersonal relationships and increase moral.

Business Travel is Here to Stay

Humans are a social species. Due to this, it’s doubtful that business travel will disappear altogether. However, in today’s economy, many companies just can’t afford to send their sales people away each and every time the need to meet a client. For this reason, advancements in videoconferencing are essential but the benefits of in-person meetings are so great that the savvy business owner will not abandon them for videoconferencing all together.

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