Future of Work

New research has found that well over half of the global workforce is having more meetings than 12 months ago. In 2014 US businesses wasted $37bn a year on unproductive meetings, and the UK has seen work-per-hour output stagnate at 2008 pre-recession levels. With more meetings on the horizon, businesses need to find a solution to this low productivity crisis.

Modern audio, video and content sharing technology that integrates with today’s most popular group messaging applications is seen as the most popular way to resolve this. In the UK, 59 per cent of organizations introduce the technology specifically to improve output; no other solution has as much support in the industry. And no wonder – aside from face-to-face meetings, video conferences are seen as the best type of meeting, with 68 per cent of workers in the UK calling it a productive work format.

The research from Blue Jeans Network also uncovered what fosters productive collaboration, with audio quality and video conferencing tied for the most important factor for remote attendees. This was followed by the staple of all good meetings – a clear agenda. Users also want a consistent experience across device types and easy set-up, two of the top three bug bears when it comes to meetings of this type (behind reliability as number one).

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