What benefits does a high-quality video image bring to meetings?
Shorter and more efficient sessions
"When the cameras are on, the meetings are shorter on average. Then we can also interpret non-verbal communication such as facial expressions and gestures and subconsciously understand things better - and this can be reflected into shorter meetings. Concentration can also be better," says Valtonen.
Feeling of togetherness
The hybrid meetings have also introduced completely new challenges. The meeting experience varies a lot depending on whether the meeting is attended from an office conference room or remotely from another location. For example, a participant with poor sound and image quality may feel that he remains invisible in meetings and thus even outside the working community.
"Video is an essential part of interaction and creating relationships – to avoid the situation where we just rely on sound. A high-quality video image plays a really important role," says Melo da Silva.
Social bonds are strengthened better in meetings where you are present via video than in those without a camera.
The positive environmental effects are also benefits of video meetings. One may save nature and money if there is no need to move to another location for the meeting, compared to live meetings.
Equality in the work community
"When we are in a meeting with a camera, we will be seen. If the practice is not encouraged, many employees can easily be forgotten - we may not remember their existence or their contribution to the company, as it should be remembered," says Valtonen.
The video also brings equality to meetings.
"No matter where you are or how you join the meeting, it does not reduce your space in the meeting - we are equally present and we will be seen and heard," says Melo da Silva.
Focus on the essentials
When the sound and picture quality is right in meetings, it is easier to focus on the content of the meeting itself and the topics to be discussed. Participants do not need to use all their capacity trying to understand what the other end wants to say.
"If you have to stress about the connection, the attention is focused on the wrong things. That's why high-quality technology can make work much more efficient," Valtonen reminds.