USAirALB wrote:sandyb123 wrote:SurlyBonds wrote:
Of course it will.
The question, of course, is when.
Businesses are also waking up to the savings that video conferencing / home working and getting rid of offices will bring.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. In the short term, yes, but I think in the long term most companies that did engage in travel will likely go back to doing so. Video conferencing is great for small groups, but once you go over 10 or so people, it usually involves at least 1/3 if not more of the meeting going like this:
-Grace are you there?
-Johnny, we are having trouble hearing you, are you there?
-Rick is your audio on?
-I think we just lost Noelle. Noelle are you still there?
-Jillian, you are really echo-y.
-Kevin, we can see you but we can't hear you.
-Mike, I am going to mute you for a second because Susan is trying to talk.
-Can you repeat that?
-Chris, is there a kid talking in the background?
I was supposed to fly out to San Francisco for a meeting today. Around 2 hours of the meeting basically went as above. It was probably the biggest waste of time, and both my boss (and her boss) largely agreed. So unless they are going to invest in IT at everyone's residence and give everyone access to the same type of Wi-Fi connection and audio/video equipment, travel will resume for said events when all of this is over, and speaking with my friends I know my company is not the only one with this position.
Then you need better management who can moderate better. This type of meeting will be the normal way of doing business. It was already beginning to work that way before the pandemic. Now it just has been accelerated for business to work remotely. Alot of business is already conducted by phone and teleconferencing. Now it will have to be the norm.