No one likes traveling for business. Airports can be a hassle, with all of that business of removing your shoes, shelling out extra to stow bags, as well as the frequent delays and cancellations. We have a tendency to overeat on bad fast food or at hotel buffets, as well, when we’re traveling for business. Then there’s the lack of sleep. It’s no surprise that so many business people are longing for developments in videoconferencing technology. After all, if this technology improves sufficiently – the reasoning goes – maybe off-site business meetings, and the business travel that goes with this, might be a thing of the past.
The End of Business Travel?
But is this really what business people and their employers should want? Maybe not. Videoconferencing may never replace face-to-face meetings in the business world as the best ideas usually pop up during these in-person meetings. Think about the difference between how videoconferencing and in-person meetings tend to work.
When people across the globe sign on to a videoconference, they generally introduce themselves quickly, if required, and then dive into the goal at hand. Brainstorming does not often play a big role in videoconferencing; this is partially due to the worry that the connection may fail. Also, there are lots of distractions within the individual’s office that can make fluid conversationdifficult.
The Benefits of Face-to-Face Time
Face-to-face interactions are more intimate and allow conversation to develop easily. Meetings may go longer if this happens, but the benefits of it can be great. New ideas come from the creative progression of conversation. While it’s true that every meeting may not become a positive brainstorming session, it can be a great opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
Business Travel is Here to Stay
Yes, business travel is a hassle and videoconferencing is a convenience. However, there are occassions when meeting face-to-face is the best option for generating the most imaginative business solutions. Because of this, don’t expect savvy business executives to ever totally replace business travel with videoconferencing.