Face-to-Face vs. Digital Meetings: Which are Better for Your Business?
There’s no two ways about it: we are living in a digital age. We shop online, date online, and get our “nightly news” on an ever-updating source online. But when it comes to conducting our business, is online really the best way to go? As technology gets more advanced, making our lives more simple and efficient, many people worry about the loss of regular human interaction. And nowhere is this issue more polarized than in the corporate world. Experts in the business world have written countless articles on the subject, some praising digital meetings as the way of the future, others considering them a mere complement for the necessary face-to-face meetings. So what are the pros and cons?
Cost: According to Bloomberg Businessweek, a virtual meeting or teleconference can save 50 to 80 percent of the costs of a face-to-face meeting. Now, this might be all your company accountant needs to hear, but there’s more to a meeting than dollars and sense. Meeting in person provides a team with a real, tangible connection between their co-workers, and can even help employees understand one another better through non-verbal cues like body language. What’s more, it’s easy to find meeting spaces for less money – if you know where to look. You can rent out an affordable studio space, or even a spacious concert hall for your larger meetings or conferences, all without breaking the bank (we even have venues for under $1000!)
Geography: Now, this is a sticking point that will become increasingly important as time goes on. Thanks to the global nature of the business world, the ease of travelling, and other technological advancements, different branches of many companies operate in vastly different locations (even the Eventup team calls different parts of the county “home”). Because of this, digital meetings become a necessary element of working together. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t come together once in a while, for an annual conference or company retreat. Hotels are ideal venues for this sort of get-together, or even an elegant beach house so your team can relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Company Culture: Corporate bonding is incredibly important no matter what business you’re in, and it’s no surprise that meeting with your staff face-to-face is a great way to facilitate that bonding. Digital meetings detract from that human element so crucial to a good office atmosphere. This is why corporate retreats and conferences haven’t fallen out of fashion: on top of being a fun way for co-workers to relax – they work. So don’t be afraid to take your team somewhere extravagant for a retreat or meeting: the long-term benefits will outshine anything Google Plus can give you!
What has your experience been with digital meetings in this day and age? Do you prefer them to meeting in person, or would you rather work in a room with your colleagues? Tell us in the comments below! And if you’re looking for ideas for your next corporate retreat, conference, or meeting, don’t forget to visit Eventup, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages for some great party themes and ideas!