Video conferencing or group calls are not a new thing, they’ve been around for years. I don’t know about you but I’ve always found them slightly awkward and prefer a face to face meeting. However, due to COVID-19 that isn’t possible for a huge portion of the workforce and now people are starting to feel the strain of isolation without their daily dose of social interaction.
Here are some ways that companies are keeping up that interaction online whilst getting business done
Zoom allows users to chat with 99 other people in the one video call, which could be good for those larger tram meetings that companies just love to hold. Since people began self-isolating the app has seen 2 million+ downloads and is quickly becoming one of the more popular ways to communicate online. And it’s free!
2. Hangout Meeting
Hangout is excellent, we use google gdrive so this works great for us in Brand Elevation, as we work remotely and we have been using this over the last few weeks and we are loving it.
If you want a meeting while you’re out and about or your computer doesn’t have a webcam, GoToMeeting could be for you. We’ve all got smartphones today and this app is very mobile friendly. There is a cost associated with it, however, but it won’t break the bank. For a cross platform app, GoToMeeting is a pretty solid choice.
If you don’t need an answer urgently and you can wait for a considered response, email may suit you best. One word of warning though, consider your choice. It’s so hard to convey tone through email and you don’t want to rub people the wrong way, especially in these stressful times. Think of it like this, if you were saying it in person would there be a ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ thrown in there? If so, throw it in the email too. Or… I don’t know, use a smiley or something.
It’s a great way of having everyone in a group chat to share information through a secure network, or to chat about your day with your colleagues and maybe share the occasional meme or two… or three. I’ve always enjoyed a good work group chat and, if there’s too many messages coming through, you can always silence the notifications.
6. A Good ‘Ol Phonecall
If you need an answer immediately, then a phone call is the way to go. It’s quick (providing you can get a hold of the person) and sometimes it is easier to explain a project over a call than an email. Oh, and you don’t have to get out of your pj’s because you’re not going on video. Win win! Plus it can just be very reassuring hearing another person’s voice on the other end of the call when some people are feeling very lonely at the moment.
So, there are some solutions that can help replace a workplace meeting, some hi-tec, some a little more old school. At Brand Elevation, we’re happy to chat with you at any time. Contact Brand Elevation for advice on how to elevate your brand today.