An infographic details findings from a new report from Blue Jeans Networks called the “State of the Modern Meeting.” The report provides hard data on whether or not virtual meetings serve to boost productivity, help save costs and how they have changed our work communication habits. The report is based on data from over a million meetings hosted on Blue Jeans Network’s platform in over 177 countries across every continent as well as results from a survey of 391 business decision makers.
The report does in fact find that Web conferencing is up more than 100 percent in the corporate world in the past six months alone. Virtual meetings are confirmed to cut down travel time and costs, saving $1.3 billion in travel-related expenses and have employees logging 2.1 billion miles less in traveling.
Some other interesting details include:
- The five U.S. cities in which the most online meetings are conducted are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
- That infamous Midwestern politeness extends to virtual meetings—online meetings conducted in the Midwest are more likely to start on time than elsewhere in the United States.
- More than half of meeting participants attend online meetings via a Web browser.
- There is a 60% reduction in meetings the day before a holiday and a 118 percent increase the day after.
- A majority prefers face-to-face online meetings. 71% even said that they lost deals due to a lack of face-to-face interaction during an online meeting.
- Women are more likely to participate in online meetings with women attending 14% more virtual meetings than men. Women are also more likely to attend online meetings on the weekend. In general, the infographic shows that most don’t attend or hold virtual meetings on weekends, though or during lunch.