Traveling for business is not fun. We are usually rushed, we don’t eat well, and we have to deal with the hassle of airports and long-term parking. It is not surprising that many companies opt toward videoconferencing rather then traveling. As videoconferencing technology improves, many people wonder if business traveling may become a thing of the past.
The End of Business Travel?
But is this something that we should strive for in business? Is it a good thing if videoconferencing replaces face-to-face meetings altogether? Possibly not, think about the differences between meetings that are face-to-face versus videoconferencing.
During a videoconference, participants from across the globe sign on, say their hellos, and get to the business at hand. The amount of brainstorming is usually limited because people worry about the stability of their connections or succumb to the distractions of the offices in which they sit.
The Benefits of Face-to-Face Time
At in-person meetings, however, agendas have a way of falling by the wayside, which is a good thing. Meetings may start only after a couple of minutes of personal chit chat and they might end with participants swapping office stories. Again, this can be good. Often, the most effective business ideas arise from these moments of off-topic discussion.
Business Travel is Here to Stay
While many companies turn toward videoconferencing because of the cost and simplicity of it, it is unlikely that business travel will disappear totally. When we develop business relationships, just like any relationships, we want to meet face-to-face because we’re a social species. The benefits of face-to-face meetings are enough that savvy business owners won’t get rid of business travel completely.