By PowerBuy // 8 July 2015 // Related Categories: Tips

Science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that 'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic'. Certainly, the sight of a modern video conference would likely convince late 19th century observers that they were witnessing something dangerously supernatural. Barring the inconvenient fact that your physical body remains in the same place, a videoconference more or less is teleportation. And for businesses like yours, it offers a valuable way to connect with potential employees and empower current staff members to contribute to your office from anywhere in the world.

Bringing in the best and brightest

With the Internet, you can advertise positions within your business across the world. But what about interviewing promising applicants? There’s no substitute for a face-to-face conversation, which is exactly what video conferencing technologies – like Cisco’s TelePresence servers – make possible.

The TelePresence server is a hardware device that coordinates video conferences across multiple devices, automatically scaling picture quality from 360 pixels (low) to 1080 pixels (high) so that all participants can join the conversation without awkward delays or performance issues. For recruiters, this means that job candidates can be interviewed in a personable and direct way, regardless of where they are. It also makes the pool of possible employees much larger, increasing your chances of finding an optimal fit for your business.

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Kelly Services recently surveyed almost 100,000 people from 34 countries and found that 88 percent of them were ‘greatly’ or ‘somewhat’ attracted by the idea of remote collaboration – that is, working from home or even abroad. Traditionally, the idea’s detractors have argued that distance hampers the type of direct communication between colleagues that collaboration requires. With the arrival of fast video conferencing, however, this has become a moot point.

With Cisco TelePresence servers, for example, employees can connect to their colleagues by holding a WebEx seminar in any major browser. This offers more than mere face-to-face communication: you can also share screens, send documents and edit documents together.

Your office is where you make it

Whether you’re using teleconferencing technology to recruit new employees or communicate with current staff members, it won’t take long to appreciate just how thoroughly it can transform your business. With an Internet connection and a webcam, you can take your office with you wherever you go. Staying connected has never been easier.

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