Fewer Face-to-Face Work Meetings

December 27, 2021
Author: Rosie Greaves, Contributing Writer

The pandemic and 2021 saw an explosive increase in Zoom and MS Teams meetings. Zoom reported around 200 million daily meetings in March 2020 alone, with that figure leaping to 300 million by April 2020. At the time of writing, more than 56 million work meetings are held every day, with predictions that by 2024, only a quarter of these will be in person.

Fewer Face-to-Face Work Meetings in 2022

As such, we predict that businesses will continue relying on technology to provide them with smarter meeting facilities. For instance, recorded video conferences, cloud-based technologies, and agile/portable meeting spaces.

Add to this the decrease in face-to-face job interviews due to the pandemic, and we see an emerging trend where face-to-face encounters are becoming less of a daily feature. It’s worth noting that pre-pandemic, only 22% of employers conducted video interviews. Compare this to 79% using them regularly in January 2021. We can see how the pandemic has forever changed the traditional job interview.

In light of that, we predict talent acquisition leaders will continue to make it easier for candidates to be interviewed by negating face-to-face interviews and onboardings - especially for seasonal hires and mass volume-hiring situations where time is of the essence.

Since face-to-face meetings are becoming less critical, recruiters need to examine how this could impact their onboarding process. Given that teams are increasingly changing how they work together (using collaboration software like Zoom, MS Teams to facilitate flexible working), it’s only natural that old-school meetings will experience something of a face-lift.

Not only that, but we predict that the language surrounding ‘meetings’ will adapt to reflect these changes. As such, the word “meeting” won’t necessarily just mean individuals who are coming together in one physical space for a set period.

We’re also seeing workplaces continuing to invest in technologies to provide workers with a more flexible meeting infrastructure, reducing the need for physical meeting spaces that are costly to manage. Instead, cloud-based video-conferencing, wireless connectivity, and technology that’s better able to evolve to meet changing demands will become the norm. For example, a study by Citrix found that new remote ways of working and businesses adopting new technologies to enable that, drove an added $678 in revenue across industries around the world.

Overall, we predict that while face-to-face meetings will be less critical, they won’t disappear entirely. Of course, face-to-face networking has its place for building strong connections, loyalty, trust, and companies will continue to invest in person-to-person events and conferences. However, businesses will continue to see the value of remote working and virtual meetings as we move into 2022 and beyond, especially if they recognize the perks of moving away from the traditional office structure.