Teams: Making Meetings Effective, and (Almost) Fun

Original Publish Date 08/06/2019 By //  by Teresa Stolarskyj

Microsoft says:

Meeting needs are changing. Employees are more mobile, increasing remote collaboration.

  • 72% of employees will be working remotely by 2020
  • 56% of meetings have at least one remote attendee
  • 1/3 of meetings are 100% virtual in nature
  • 56% of meetings have at least a remote attendee
  • 38% of remote attendees join via mobile

The BlueSilverShift perspective 

Meetings don’t have to be painful. Technology can enable leadership to make it easier for participants to dial in – literally and figuratively. Whether attendees are in-house or across time zones, access is no barrier with a tool like Microsoft Teams. Nor is choice of device is a barrier either, with desktop, browser and mobile capabilities available.

Wouldn’t you rather dial in from here?

Getting people working well together is integral to business success, today more than ever. To encourage effective collaboration, it’s important to help workers of all ages and ability to embrace tools that can boost their efficiency. This can mean support a shift in mindset about how work is done, in addition to technical training.

The benefit of Teams is broad. The platform supports video, streaming, audio conferences, and screen sharing. It can translate proceedings in real-time to local languages. Meetings can be recorded, transcribed, and indexed for searching later. You can even blur the background to obscure personal effects in your surroundings, making the participant the focus.

Meetings can work well for everyone’s preferred style.

Running a smooth meeting can be made even better by harnessing modern tools and embracing new ways of working. Whether your meeting is spontaneous or scheduled, external and large, internal and team-focused, or somewhere in between, Teams is a powerful tool that can make an often-dreaded affair more accessible, streamlined, and efficient.

In real terms, this can mean a reduction in business costs. Person hours are reduced when participants are present and engaged, and where it’s easy to refer back to key discussions, documents, and media. Teams means your team can be more effective, efficient, and collaborative – and hopefully, a little happier, working in the way that suits them best.

Teresa Stolarskyj | Office Manager & Digital Transformation Blogger at BlueSilverShift

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