Movie theatres, home cinema systems and auditoriums are common examples of large, integrated audio visual systems. But the audio and video of these systems is almost completely received. These systems are not designed for us to communicate back.
When we do partake in active communication, having discussions with one or more people, it is typically through audio channels such as the phone or visual channels such as texting or emails. But our natural mode of communication is not design to operate this way.
When we talk to one another directly we implement a whole additional range of communication techniques beyond the audible words we use. Body language, facial cues and hand gestures all connote a huge amount of information that enhances the verbal communication we are limited to with phone conversations.
A Better Way to Confer
This is steadily changing. Video conference systems have been in the boardrooms and executive offices of large companies for years and their effectiveness made them valuable. However technological limitations and cost made them an impractical choice for many.
Audio Visual communication technology has advanced rapidly over recent years and a new generation is growing up with video calls via the internet replacing normal phone conversations. For this generation video conferencing will be the norm, not the exception.
Video conferencing is also growing rapidly in the work place. More affordable technology and better communication networks mean it has become a highly practical communications solution. There is one area however where it continues to lag in adoption despite its potential.
More Diverse Workplaces
HR departments in businesses are under ever more pressure to interview potential employees from further afield as work practices become more fluid and diverse. Often, completely new job titles come about and HR departments have to be creative in finding a candidate from a different area that can adapt.
This naturally results in many mismatches yet interviews are still necessary. Encouraging a candidate to take time off work and potentially travel a long distance for an interview only to discover ten minutes in that they are not suitable is far from ideal.
Even when it is clear to both parties that the position is not right, the interview often continues simply because the candidate has gone out of their way to be there. This is somewhat absurd as it is only wasting more of everyone’s time.
If this interview was conducted through video conferencing it would be much easier to wrap it up early on. Neither party would have travelled and interviews could be held in a series rather than in a single meeting.
Simplicity is key to using audio visual conferencing systems for interviewing. Spending the first ten or fifteen minutes of an interview adjusting settings does not reflect well on the company doing the interview.
Managed Services for video conferencing are becoming more and more commonplace. They ensure systems are running optimally and provide instant support systems if problems occur.
With a new generation of tech savvy employees growing up using video communication, potential employers who use the same technology are likely to make a role in their company more appealing.
However it is implemented, video conferencing has the potential to make HR tasks much simpler and their work far more effective.