Three-quarters of people use video conferencing at work

Three-quarters of people use video conferencing at work

Three-quarters of people use video conferencing at work, while 83 per cent use it at home, new research from Polycom has revealed. 

Businesses are now using video conferencing to ‘defy distance’, the survey of 1,200 c-level executives and decision makers indicated. 

In addition, respondents believe that over the next few years this trend is likely to get even bigger. More than three-quarters said they are now using video conferencing at work, and believe that in just three years time it will have become the preferred method of communication for office workers. 

The rise in personal video devices is helping this trend to flourish, it seems, with the vast majority of workers making video calls at home, and almost half using it at least once a week.

It was also found that laptops and desktops are the most popular devices when it comes to business video conferencing. Conference rooms were also high on the list, along with mobile devices. 

Geographically, Brazil, India and Singapore were home to some of the biggest fans of the trend, with more than two-thirds of respondents using video conferencing at least once a week.

It was also found to be most popular among younger users in the home. Some 83 per cent of respondents overall use consumer video conferencing at home, with almost 90 per cent of those in their twenties and thirties saying this. 

Jim Kruger, EVP and chief marketing officer at Polycom, commented: "The growing popularity of video conferencing at home, especially by millennials entering the workforce, is a big driver of increased preference for and adoption of video collaboration in the workplace.”

"Some key factors to making video as popular in the office as it is at home is ensuring it's easy to use, providing a high quality connection, delivering enterprise-grade security, and participants' willingness to accept and adapt to cultural differences as they communicate across borders.”