5 Ways Video & TelePresence Are Improving Outcomes Across Industries
The workplace as we know it has evolved dramatically over the last decade, but we haven’t seen anything yet. With millennials expected to make up 50 percent of the workforce in 2020 (and nearly 75 percent by 2025), companies must shift to accommodate a new set of attitudes and expectations for what “my office” really means.
How employees and teams work is changing too. Smartphones, messaging apps, video conferencing, and telepresence are no longer just perks. They are necessary for day-to-day business operations.
But it’s about more than swapping out old office equipment for advanced gadgets. It’s about creating an environment that fosters collaboration and allows employees to meaningfully engage with the mission of the company.
Several forward-thinking companies are already updating their technology infrastructure to accomplish these goals. They’re not rattled by changes to the traditional workplace. They are organizing around the disruption and remaining relevant and competitive to both current and future employees.
Here are five ways technology teams are incorporating video and telepresence into their office environment:
Telemedicine – To address the disparity of stroke care between community hospitals and tertiary hospitals, one healthcare organization implemented a video-based telemedicine platform for patient emergency stroke treatment. This enabled specialists to cover multiple hospitals at the same time. It also reduced door to needle time from 60 minutes to 29 minutes.
Distance Education – Higher education administration often has no choice but to cancel classes that have low enrollment. But today’s tech savvy students are comfortable with collaboration and open to new ways of learning, so several higher ed institutions are using collaboration technologies designed specifically for educational environments, to bring students together from multiple locations.
Mobility – When it comes to mobility, employees need to do more than just make phone calls when they’re out of the office. Many companies are providing applications for employees to collaborate and fully engage with team members and clients when they’re on the go. Think of it as an office in your pocket.
Remote Interviews – It can take a great deal of time to schedule in-person interviews with job candidates. And when you factor in the time and cost associated with travel, things get more complicated. Video conferencing eases the pain of having to juggle multiple schedules for in-person interviews. Apps like Jabber give recruiters the ability to conduct interview with candidates wherever they are.
Town Hall Meetings – Current technologies don’t scale for large, multi-site conferences and broadcasts. There are often concerns about the impact of streaming on network and applications. Telepresence can improve access to town hall meetings, giving organizers the ability to stream meetings and have participants watch on any device.