Online conferencing have now become an integral part of any small or large organization for the purpose of interaction. It can be a bit too costly but at the same time, you don’t have to worry about visiting places just to attend one 10-minute long meeting. This is almost similar to the in-person conferencing; except the face-to-face meet is replaced by the live video feed of every attendant on a computer screen. This technology allows every member of the meeting to hear and see each other quite easily. But before adopting the tool of online conferencing, you might want to rethink and analyze its advantages and disadvantages.
Online Conferencing allows the members to get along quite easily and gives them the chance to meet more often. It saves the cost of travel and logistics and makes the process extremely easy. You don’t have to worry about planning a meeting anymore. The cost of renting a venue, transportation, and other costs and spared. You can even attend the meeting from your home at your own convenience. It not only allows you to make decisions faster but also, seal the deals quicker. Not only you can get the entire transcript of the entire meeting but also can record and replay the entire video again. All you need is a good online conferencing software and you are good to go.
But there are other factors as well, which give us second thoughts. Online conferencing is no match for a face-to-face meeting. However cool it may sound but there is always a personal touch missing in such meetings. You don’t get the chance to get to know each other. In many cases, due to some technical glitches, it is possible that the call could not be established. In such cases, it may cause loss to the company. Online conferencing is done using a strong Internet connection. If the network connection fluctuates even a little, it may lead to distractions. This can severely impact the clarity of a meeting. It may also lead to lesser involvement of employees.
It can be said that however quick and easy to manage an online conferencing could be, it can never replace face-to-face meetings. Hence, it is necessary to understand its advantages and disadvantages before installing it.