Employees embrace video conferencing

Wednesday, September 29 2010

People around the world are embracing video conferencing as a great way to cut back on costs, save money and go green, all at the same time.

A recent study in the UK found that both CEOs and workers are beginning to embrace the convenience, ease and benefits of video conferencing. According to a study commissioned by WebEx, UK employees think more than one-third of face-to-face business meetings are both unnecessary and counter-productive. The study also found that workers attend, on average, 91 face-to-face meetings per year.

U.S. businesses are also turning to video conferencing as a networking solution. According to research conducted earlier this year by Global IP Solutions, 40 percent of U.S. workers surveyed said that their company would begin using video conferencing within the next six to 24 months.

Video conferencing has recently received a boost, thanks to studies highlighting its positive effect on reducing carbon emissions associated with travel. Recent research from Frost & Sullivan found the market for high-end video conferencing will reach $409.6 million by 2013, as environmentally aware businesses look to reduce both their costs and their carbon footprints.