New research reveals 80 per cent of Australians who have been working from home say most meetings will be run remotely when they re-enter the workplace. However, 86 per cent have identified problems with remote meetings to date, highlighting where they could improve.
The findings come from an independent survey of a nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian employees who have been working from home – full-time or part-time – during the pandemic, commissioned by digital event specialist Redback Connect.
Larger organisations are more likely to create a staggered and incremental return to the office. As such, the survey revealed that the larger the organisation, the more likely they are to continue to hold remote meetings over face-to-face meetings. In organisations with more than 1000 employees, 88 per cent of respondents believe remote meetings will dominate, compared with 63 per cent of respondents in micro-businesses (up to 15 employees).
The survey also found that remote meetings have not been run well by some organisations, with employees having an issue with the length, lack of objectives, and structure. When asked about their experiences using remote meetings at home – and what improvements they felt were needed – 44 per cent of respondents say they need to be shorter in length, and 41 per cent say they should be more structured and productive, to continue effectively.
Thirty-eight (38) per cent of respondents say remote meetings should be more purpose-driven, and 36 per cent say they should result in clearer actions for all attendees and better progression of projects. Almost a third (30 per cent) insist all meeting participants need to be focussed in the meeting – not just some attendees. Meanwhile, 27 per cent of respondents believe all key decision-makers need to be present in the meetings.
When asked about remote meeting technology, 27 per cent of respondents say that it should have fewer technical issues, while 23 per cent say it should be easier to use.
Jeff Downs, CEO and Founder at Redback Connect, said: “While video and teleconference meetings ensure physical distancing, our research reveals that poor meeting management and technical difficulties can sometimes defeat their purpose. In this current climate, we have seen an overwhelming number of organisations fall back on video and audio meetings and teleconferences, simply because they are not aware of other remote meeting technologies they can use.
“There are more purpose-specific virtual technologies that are interactive and offer personable content. Webinars, for example, enable organisations to create polls, live chats, or Q&As, which are successful at engaging large, dispersed audiences over time. Town halls and studio broadcasts are ideal for C-suite announcements, while podcasts and event live streaming can engage larger audiences. As audiences become increasingly dispersed in our new socially-distanced business environment, innovative meeting platforms that keep everyone engaged are more crucial than ever.”
Please login with linkedin to commentRedback Connect
Freedom Foods and 72andSunny Sydney have launched the first advertising campaign for Australia’s Own range of plant-based beverages. The campaign introduces a new visual world and identity for the brand and captures the healthy, positive feeling you get when spending time in nature and when consuming Australia’s Own certified-organic, plant-based beverages. As well as featuring […]
Nine creatives from APAC are among the 94 finalists from 27 countries in The One Club for Creativity’s prestigious Young Guns 19 competition, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger. The finalists from APAC are: Hiu Ching Kung, graphic designer, Hong Kong Lam Ieong Kun, graphic designer, illustrator, indego design, Macau Raxenne Maniquiz, graphic designer, illustrator, Santa Maria (Philippines) Kiyotaka […]
OOH transit company Adflow has announced the success of the first phase of its regional expansion program. Adflow’s regional footprint has increased by 60 per cent to now include 65 regional locations. With 9.1 million people living regionally in Australia (growth of 1.1 per cent experienced in the 19/20 Financial year) and most regional centres […]
Freshworks, a leading software company, has started trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, marking an important milestone for the company. The company priced its IPO at US$36 per share (AU$49.76), raising about US$1 billion (AU$1.4B), resulting in a total market capitalisation of AU$13.7 billion (US$10B). Freshworks, which was founded in India, has strong roots […]
Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM) is the biggest player in the holiday shopping game and Google’s most recent research suggests consumer interest for the peak sales season starts much earlier than retailers may realise. The pandemic has fundamentally changed buyer behaviour over peak sales season, with Google suggesting that global consumer interest in Black Friday […]