29 October 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Remote working will continue to increase over the next three years, according to a new study.
Over half (53 per cent) of meetings currently involve attendees who join remotely, according to research carried out by Savanta on behalf of global technology firm Barco ClickShare.
Three quarters (74 per cent) of the 1,509 senior white-collar workers surveyed are saying they predict an increase in remote attendee-only meetings over the next three years.
The findings highlight the ongoing shift towards remote working for employees of enterprises of all sizes and in all sectors. But respondents also highlighted significant problems that can arise if organisations do not facilitate remote working effectively.
Fifty-five per cent of those who regularly attend meetings remotely said that it was much more difficult to follow and contribute when not there in person, while 45 per cent said they feel less important when they join remotely.
The survey found that 43 per cent said they often feel frustrated or disengaged when joining meetings remotely.
Remote working can be beneficial to employers and employees alike, enhancing flexibility, decreasing operating expenses, and improving work-life balance. However, Barco's findings indicate that these benefits rely on technological solutions that allow employees to collaborate efficiently and effectively from wherever they are.
Respondents suggested that for remote collaboration to succeed, it must be as seamless as in-person collaboration would be - meaning participants must be able to interact with each other in the same way as they would if they were face-to-face in a room.
More than two-thirds (69 per cent) said that screen sharing increased their engagement, while over three-quarters (77 per cent) agreed that in the next three years, the typical meeting will feature video as standard to improve collaboration between in-person and remote participants.
The results underline the fact that while most (72 per cent) of those surveyed agreed that meetings are better than they were five years ago, more needs to be done to adapt to the needs of a growing number of remote meeting participants - with technology likely to play a vital role in enabling enterprises to achieve this.
Barco surveyed 1509 white-collar senior workers from the US (195), the UK (177), France (186), Germany (187), Japan (166), Australia (176), India (212) and China (210). The sample included senior managers, heads of department, directors and C-Level executives aged between 21 and 65.