Despite the possibility the U.S. government could save as much as $8 billion annually by instituting video conferencing policies among its employees, 76 percent of federal workers who responded to a survey say their respective agencies do not use video conferencing to the fullest extent possible.
However, 84 percent of the respondents expect the federal government to increase the use of video conferencing within the next five years, according to the report—Fly Me to Your Room: Government Video Conferencing Collaboration Report—by the Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework.
According to the respondents, the hurdles to increased used of video conferencing by the federal government are a lack of available video conferencing tools (53 percent), network/bandwidth limitations (46 percent), a lack of general use (41 percent), cultural barriers (40 percent), a lack of awareness of video benefits (35 percent), cost concerns (34 percent), incompatible video conferencing platforms (33 percent) and a lack of managerial buy-in (33 percent).
The “Blue Jeans Network,” a cloud-based conferencing company, funded the report in which the Telework Exchange surveyed 128 federal employees, 92 percent of which said increased video conferencing use would save tax dollars, while 73 percent agreed video conferencing would help reign in project timelines.
Other findings include 78 percent of the respondents saying the greatest benefit to video conferencing is reduced business travel which would save their agencies more than 30 percent of their overall travel budgets, which equals nearly $5 billion of the federal travel-budget.
In addition, video conferencing saves money say 70 percent of respondents, 53 percent say video conferencing improves collaboration, 49 percent report a reduced carbon footprint, and 47 percent report improved work-life balance.
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