Online business meetings have become the norm in these times. As more and more companies adjust to remote teams and remote working, employees and their employers have started using platforms like Zoom and Skype for their meetings. Online video meetings have been proven to be more beneficial than Slack or messaging communication for several reasons. Let’s explore some of these reasons:
- Productivity – Employees are more productive when they have video meetings because there is a set deadline in mind. Unlike email updates, video meetings have to be thorough, and there is usually faster back and forth communication.
- Isolation – The isolating nature of remote working has taken a toll on the mental health of many employees. Employees no longer have the clear cut 9-5 schedules; instead, they work regularly and have hard a time distinguishing between a workspace and their living space. Regular video meetings help everyone feel slightly normal. Although it is not the same as being in an office, it’s the closest thing we can get for now.
- Communication – The lack of proper communication is a frequent complaint of employees working remotely. Information is not shared as swiftly and efficiently as it used to. Therefore, more employees feel out of the loop and unsure of what they’re actually meant to do.
- Goal Setting – For companies with goals that need to be met regularly, video meetings are the best option available. Video meetings ensure that goals are set, and everyone in the meeting understands the objectives.
- Community – Video meetings help employees maintain the idea of a work community. Even though everyone’s working remotely, they still feel connected.
Now that you understand the benefits of video meetings, let’s compare Skype and Zoom for online business meetings. Which platform should you use? For a technical analysis, you can check out this article.
Skype is a platform that has been around for years. We are all familiar with Skype to some degree. However, if you’ve forgotten the specifics let’s refresh your mind. Skype can host up to 250 people for each video call. Skype is free or starts at $12.50 a month per user. Skype allows group video calls, real-time chats, video messages, sharing of files, screen sharing and tools for collaboration. It is great for freelancers, small, medium, and large businesses.
Zoom gained significant popularity after the pandemic hit. It quickly shot up to the top of the group video calling platforms. Zoom can host 100 participants for each meeting. Zoom is free, and premium starts at $19.99. Zoom offers HD video and voice, screen sharing. Zoom also provides private chats in real-time and general real-time chats. It provides tools for presentation, and it can record and save video calls for playback. Zoom is great for all businesses.
As a business, Zoom is very formal, and it is packed with utilities that can be beneficial for companies and learning institutions. Skype can admit more people; however, the video calls can not be saved onto Skype the way Zoom calls can be saved. Your choice should be made depending on your needs.