It’s been almost two years hearing that remote work is the new normal.
But is it really?
With news of big corporations like Apple, Wipro, and others calling their employees back to the office, the future of ‘All Remote Work’ seems a bit uncertain.
What seems more certain and promising is a hybrid workspace. A working model where employees visit the office on some days and work from home on others. A recent McKinsey survey also revealed that over 90% of organizations plan to implement a mix of remote work and on-site work in the coming times.
Hybrid working is undoubtedly the ideal solution to the woes of IT companies accelerating their digital plans during these times.
It allows them to make greater use of digital remote working tools, automate processes, and more importantly, take everything on the cloud for easier access. Hybrid working also adds agility and resilience, two key elements in digital acceleration. It promotes shared responsibilities and trust which help pull down the old norms and bring about a cultural change required to accelerate digital transformation.
But despite all the benefits that hybrid working brings to the fore in digital acceleration, there is a challenge of being able to work together without any miscommunication or misunderstanding. But how do employees working on and off together physically go about with that?
The answer is simple - virtual meetings says Tanya Kumari (who leads the Digital Marketing & Content for Classic Informatics).
Today, there are several tools and platforms that ease collaboration through virtual meetings. These remote working tools help connect knowledge centers (here, humans) sitting across the globe to communicate and collaborate.
How Virtual Meetings Help
Hybrid working means employees follow a mix of going to the office and working from home. They can work in isolation at home, with other people in co-working spaces, with smaller teams in microsites, or complete departments at the traditional office space. While this all sounds like a walk in a garden, there seems to be a teeny tiny problem with it - ensuring seamless communication and collaboration among remote development teams distributed across the globe.
Humans are naturally communicative beings. Whether it is about brainstorming ideas, sharing insights, or giving feedback, humans work naturally better when they are able to communicate and collaborate. And the same type of communication is what they yearn for even when they are not in physical contact with their team.
Virtual meetings are slowly replacing face-to-face meetings and enabling employees to connect with each other no matter where they are sitting. They are able to drive real-time solutions and innovation. As all companies are racing to transform and reap benefits from digital transformation, virtual meetings not just help in connecting during a hybrid working model but also enable them to gather data. They can sit across the world and share their process, designs, ideas, and other things in virtual meetings.
Hybrid means some employees are in office while others are still working from their own remote set-up. No organization can expect all of its employees to be present physically at one place at one moment. With virtual meetings, teams communicate about the projects, whether they are together or away from each other.
The best part of virtual meetings?
Saving on carbon emission expenditure.
A new University of Michigan (UM) study reveals the pandemic, which led to replacement of in-person gatherings by video conferencing, has enabled significant decrease in carbon emission. And this is what digital acceleration aims at too.
In a nutshell, virtual meetings are not just acting as a way out for organizations struggling to communicate and collaborate seamlessly through remote working or onsite work, it is also enabling them to cut carbon footprints of organizations through carbon-free conferences, which is one of the goals organizations aim to achieve with digital transformation.