As technology develops, online business meetings and business training increasingly rise. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
As computers get smarter and online interactions advance companies are turning away from traditional face-to-face consultations and tuition and are using a range of software such as Skype. This essay will explore whether the benefits such as saving time and money offset the disadvantages.
Firstly, such online interactions are extremely useful in saving time and money for a business. For instance, employees no longer have to spend time travelling from one place to another for business meetings or training. Moreover, using technology for business meetings also has the benefit of reducing the overall cost for companies. For example, doing business with overseas customers online curtails the cost of travel and the time spent doing face-to-face meetings. It has been reported that Google recently eliminated all space meant for meetings and the company reported a four percent reduction in cost of doing business simply because of this change.
On the other hand, this trend has a few disadvantages. Primarily online meetings and training events could prevent staff from developing a team spirit to achieve organisational goals. For example, one corporate survey revealed that although online meetings reduce the cost of doing business in the short term, it reduces revenue in the long term as employees fail to work together to improve client satisfaction.
In conclusion, despite some shortcomings, I support the proposition that the advantages of online meetings and training outweigh the disadvantages. The continued use of information technology will not only reduce the cost of doing business but also improve work efficiency.
By Dr Rob Burton
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