Thanks to the annoyance of setting up video calls, you could lose a full-time working week for every team member.


Video conferencing has revolutionized team meetings and saved a tremendous amount of time. But we're still not receiving the full benefit from the technology, according to new research.


Between 18 and 24, the staff takes up to 10 minutes to prepare for each remote meeting.


Multiply that by a typical five meetings a week, and sadly have lost 40 hours every year. That's an entire workweek of wasted time each year per employee. Sadly, this figure gets even higher in the older age brackets.


It's not necessarily the result of differing technological know-how. Instead, the research shows that employees blame the tech for productivity loss.


Almost a third of the people said they didn't have the right tools for the task. In addition, 23% said they felt excluded from remote meetings thanks to the inadequate tech. 


Staff often feel that the audio-visual (AV) technology they are provided for remote and hybrid working isn't up to the task. That means poor microphones, jittery fuzzy webcams that interfere with the picture, or the wrong choice of video conferencing software. This makes meetings harder to set up and, as a result, takes longer than they should.


Despite this, organizations that offer remote and hybrid working are reaping dividends in many other areas, including staff engagement and performance.


There is a solution.


Evaluate your employees' AV technology to ensure their tools are not interfering – new webcams and microphones could be a cheap and straightforward fix.


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It's also a good idea to ask your workers to find out where they see that problems are occurring. For example, suppose they find your existing system challenging or slow to log in. In that case, you should consider alternative options or better training.