27 Mar 2012

The benefits of remote meetings

The benefits of remote meetings

Unnecessary travel not only wastes time and productivity, but also has a needless environmental impact. 

How have you tried to lower the economic and environmental costs of meetings and travel? Has video conferencing changed the way you work?

The impact of travel

Did you know that if you fly to Brisbane from Sydney for a meeting and stay overnight, you’ll cover approximately 1505 KM, spend about $625 and generate 0.72 tones of C02?

Compare that to the cost of an hour-long conference call hosting five people, which is often many times cheaper than even the taxi to the airport.

With Earth Hour coming up this Saturday the 31st of March, it’s a good time to focus on video conferencing as a solution to face-to-face meetings when travel probably isn’t required.

Video conferencing

While some small outfits may find their needs served by Skype, a managed video conferencing service is a more reliable and intuitive system for conducting professional meetings.

At Brennan IT, we use a dedicated system to link conference rooms in each of our offices around Australia – the same system that we offer our clients.

In our experience, not only does it save unnecessary travel and reduce our C02 footprint, it also promotes better communication between offices and staff, if only because it’s so simple to use.

And, while it’s always been intuitive, it’s an experience that’s now even better with LifeSize options and equipment – capable of high definition 1080p30 broadcasting at four simultaneous sites.

When carbon pricing is introduced next year, solutions like video conferencing for remote meetings will hopefully become increasingly popular with businesses looking to save not only environmentally, but on travel and associated expenses as well.

What’s been your experience of video meetings?