We’ve all seen the memes about the virtual meetings that became a regular feature of our daily lives in the midst of COVID-19. From wearing track pants with a suit shirt and tie to the dog barking in the background, right through to that one employee who doesn’t seem to realise everyone can see them texting, the virtual meeting was rapidly thrust into the realm of our reality and we’re still getting caught with our mics on mute.
Virtual meetings, such as those held via video calls on apps like Skype and Zoom, are not new as far as business technology goes, but until now we haven’t had such a widespread and immediate need to implement the software. Seeing your co-workers, employees or managers face-to-face can help to humanise meetings and build a sense of camaraderie, while eliminating the technology problems such as audio delay, connection issues and that earache-inducing microphone echo. But here we are, more than half way through the year, with social distancing measures still highly recommended by health officials and many employees still working from home.
If social distancing were to become the norm it begs the question: will these virtual meetings become a vital part of our future work life? Possibly. While they likely won’t be as essential as they were from March through to May in a few years, they are certainly still being used, and will continue to be used, more than ever before. This is because businesses are realising how easily technology can be adopted to provide the much needed flexibility we, as different people with different lives, need.
But the technology is still new to a lot of people, yourself as a business owner and employees alike. So what can you do to ensure your next virtual meeting goes off without a hitch?