5 ways video collaboration is making the world smaller

Re-post article from Cisco.com

With increasing globalization and flexible working environments, we rely more on collaboration technology. Here are five ways you can work smarter by using video to make the world smaller.

78% percent of U.K. employees believe that companies need to offer “anywhere at anytime” work flexibility to attract and retain staff.

— “UK Firms Embrace Remote Working to Stay Competitive,” Virgin Media Business, May 21, 2014.

1. Connects offices.

Video conferencing can connect teams in different time zones and continents. Instead of waiting for a quarterly get-together, you and your team can make decisions in real time via conference. You can talk, display materials, demo new products or services, and get immediate feedback in a video conference.

It enables us to act quicker, get to know people better, as if they were actually on the other side of the desk, and we can transmit business documents faster…. This new work tool has allowed us to open a little window onto the world.

— Mirko De Dominicis, Telecommunication and Security Manager, Penny Market, Italy

2. Creates environments for good connections.

Video collaboration ensures that employees stay connected with colleagues and with customers and partners. Making easy-to-use, high-quality video communications available anytime and on any device can help people build strong relationships and spark innovation.

We’re not going to rest until every single room in every single business all over the world has extraordinary video conferencing and collaboration equipment. That’s our mission.

— Rowan Trollope SVP, Cisco Collaboration Technology Group

3. Gets you to more places in a day.

With video conferencing, a San Francisco–based manager can have face-to-face meetings in London in the morning, spend time with the East Coast team in the afternoon, and close out the day with the manufacturing team in China—an eight-hour feat even the most seasoned traveler couldn’t achieve by plane alone.

93% of meeting rooms globally aren’t equipped with high-quality video

— “Out of the Corner Office, into Every Office: Cisco Sets the Bar for Enterprise Collaboration with Products to Completely Change How Teams Collaborate,” Cisco, March 12, 2014.

4. Reduces language barriers.

You may have mastered a foreign language, but there’s a lot more that goes into communication than just knowing how to speak. Sixty-five percent of communication is nonverbal. Video helps you see nonverbal communication that provides context and other clues to build your understanding and a rapport among a diverse team or group.

In a global survey, 94% of young executives said they felt video conferencing would help break down language barriers between employees, customers, and suppliers.

— “Video Usage & Young Executives: A Survey of Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Cisco, Aug. 2, 2013.

5. Creates a closer team.

Remote users feel more connected to their team and process when using video conferencing. So even though you may have team members based in London, Sydney, and New York, they can still feel like part of an effective and tight-knit group.