Can Web conferencing be a force to promote telework?

Can Web Conferencing Help Teleworkers? Here is an introduction to the compatibility of web conferencing with telework, a new way of working.


What is Web Conferencing?

Web conferencing is a system that allows multiple staff members at distant locations to meet via the Internet.

With the increase in the speed and capacity of the Internet, it is now possible to hold a meeting over the Web while watching the other party's facial expressions. Unlike conventional meetings, there is no need to make a business trip to the conference venue, and "meetings can be attended from any location," making it an advantageous method in terms of cost and time.

What is Telework?

Telework (telework) is a term coined to describe a flexible work style that utilizes information technology and is not restricted by location or time.

It is expected to reduce office costs, improve productivity, adjust work-life balance, and reduce environmental impact.

Examples include telecommuting and mobile work where employees work from a computer or tablet while traveling. Satellite office work, which is located away from the place of work, is another form of telework.

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Is Web conferencing suitable for telework?

Suitable for! Please take a look at the reasons we have picked out why you are a good fit.

No need to visit the office when working from home

If you work from home, you will probably use a computer in many cases. So as long as you have a computer and an Internet environment, you can share information with other staff members via web conferencing.

There is no need to go out of your way to travel to your place of work for meetings.

Participate in meetings while on the road

Salespeople are often on the road visiting customers. You can participate in web conferencing even when you are out of the office, so you can communicate with your salespeople more efficiently.

If you do not have web conferencing in place, you must have only one-on-one conversations over the phone, or by e-mail, or once back at the office.

Can be used in satellite offices

Web conferencing is also useful for teleworkers working in satellite offices, where they can communicate with other staff in multiple satellite offices at the same time.

Web conferencing is essential for exchanging information quickly and simultaneously.

Take advantage of groupware!

While simply introducing web conferencing is very useful, using groupware in conjunction with web conferencing can further facilitate teleworking.

Groupware is a set of tools to improve business productivity and efficiency by enabling information sharing and communication. Many of them have functions such as task management, schedule management, file sharing, and bulletin boards.

When used in conjunction with web conferencing, for example, files can be shared before the meeting, and tasks and schedules can be decided while viewing the shared files during the meeting. After the meeting is over, you can use the bulletin board to share information with staff members who were not present at the meeting.

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Web conferencing x telework is a new work style

In recent years, telework has been attracting attention as a solution to the problems caused by Tokyo's overcrowded population; before the advent of web conferencing, telework was limited to telephone and e-mail communication, which was not very productive.

However, the situation has gradually changed since the Internet has become fast enough to make web conferencing practical in the business world.

If you are interested in teleworking or have already introduced teleworking, please consider introducing a web conferencing system!