Video Collaboration to Change the Way Business Is Done in Australia

Commercial fishing is officially the most dangerous job in the country, because of its associated risks of working on the high seas. Commercial fishing is said to be 17 times more dangerous that working in the mines and is followed by truck driving, then farming, mining and construction. Tree loppers come in at number six, because of the risks of electric wires, heavy branches and chainsaws. In seventh place is military work, fire fighting, airline pilots and garbage collectors. Garbage collectors have been put in because of the potential health hazards of what they have to deal with.

But, according to those in the know, any of these occupations could be made safer, easier and more efficient with the use of video collaboration. This nifty technological concept is shifting the way that teams work in the most profound ways. This new technology now enables real-time interaction with teams across countries and continents. It allows people to engage outside of the physical office environment. New technology, such as mobility, cloud services and social businesses, are said to be the catalysts behind the change that is going to shape the business as we used to know it and businesses that want to stay ahead, are embracing it fully.

Video collaboration is no longer just about having live conferences in the business or office world. It is about using video in realistic and even critical situations in the work place environment. Things like factory floor inspections, video kiosks in banks and response centres for government can all benefit by implementing this technology. Now, all kinds of organisations are starting to see the benefits of using video collaboration, by reducing time to market, improving the level of customer service they provide, streamlining crisis management and making the decision-making process more efficient.

Data has shown that video collaboration can make a tremendous difference to your business bottom line, lowering recruitment times by up to 19% and sales-related costs, and time to market by up to 24%. Also, younger generations that are penetrating the workforce are more digitally-savvy than ever before, especially in terms of mobile device usage. The penetration of smart devices and tablet has boosted the bring your own device trend where employees are given a little more flexibility about the kind of device they want to use and the level of engagement they want to have when they connect with colleagues.

Video collaboration is another area that has benefitted from the BYOD trend, testament to a more relaxed work environment and culture. Research suggests that the global mobile workforce will reach 1.3-billion by the year 2015 and will comprise 37.2% of the workforce by then. This figure is expected to increase by 40% in the Asia Pacific, or a total of 830-million employees. Workplace structures have seen an increase ininnovative solutions for businesses seeking to rent office space, as well as in terms of remote work for teams, contractors and freelancers, with a notable rise in hot desking.

Video collaboration enables teams to bridge the physical divide, allowing for better team communications and dynamics for better organisational management and business practices.

Workplace flexibility is becoming more widely embraced because of the profound advantages it delivers to organisations, including retaining better talent, maintain a productive and efficient team that can maintain a healthy work life balance, lower rental and operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint. By taking advantage of video collaboration, organisations can stay ahead of trends, and this ahead of their competition. They can also use it to improve safety and security in the workplace and ensure that regulations are being complied with, no matter how many locations an organisation is based in, or how many employees they are responsible for.

Henry Samuelson

Watching the business world from within, writing about everything that needs our attention

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