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Why Video Conferencing is Green



One of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions is to reduce unncessary travel. Video conferencing reduces the need to travel while improving the bottom line.

Telecommuting: Enable people to work from home while still being fully engaged in the workplace with a face-to-face connection. Save on real estate and operational costs, while increasing productivity and morale of employees who don't spend hours in traffic.

Acces to remote experts: Connecting customers and employees to experts and advisors over video no matter where they are located saves time, money and carbon emissions and increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Global meetings: Whether meeting with the board or your global team, there's no need for a flight. Just a short walk down the hall or a quick call from the desk and everyone can meet face-to-face.

Customer briefing centres: Video unites purchasers, clients, sales staff, and engineers in real time without travel to facilitate instant design making and collaboration.

Work / life balance: Employees who are always on the road often report more stress, less productivity, and reduced job satisfaction. Video removes the need to travel, increasing morale, productivity, and collaboration.

Distance Learning: Schools and training facilities get an added lesson in conservation when they connect via video to remote institutions to enhance learning opportunities and save on costs.

R&D: Designers and researchers around the globe can hold video discusisons about product design, carry out component modifications, and advance development timelines, without increasing their carbon footprint.

Team building: Multiple offices don't have to mean isolated teams. Video allows remote team mates to see each other as often as if they were in the same office, building camaraderie without associated travel.

HR recruiting: Video-based screenings of out-of-town candidates cut costs and carbon emissions by eliminating travel, while allowing hiring managers to read candidates' facial expressions.

Real-ime collaboration: Organizations can deal with large amounts of rich data and collaborate in real-time from multiple locations with the visual and multi-media capabilities of video conferencing, instead of losing productivity from rigorous travel out into the feild.

Article shared from the CISCO website.