Are in-person meetings passé? A new survey by Cisco WebEx found that small business owners prefer meeting remotely to avoid the hassles and inconveniences often associated with traditional office meetings.
Respondents to the survey—which was conducted in June with the owners of businesses with 100 or fewer employees—said their biggest pet peeves about in-person meetings are that they run longer than planned (29%) and are hard to organize because of conflicting schedules (25%).
"Nearly half of the survey respondents said traditional, in-person meetings are becoming less relevant," said Glenn Bray, senior director of Cisco's Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group.
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Increasingly, business owners are opting for telephone and video conference calls to conduct meetings. Nearly one-fourth (23%) of the respondents said their companies rely on telecommuting, and 13% reimburse employees when they buy laptops, mobile phones or tablets.
This summer, owners aren't wasting time in office meetings either. The survey found half of owners plan to work remotely during the summer, while 15% plan to be away for 36 days or more.