Conference calls have been a part of business life for many years, and given the more international nature of business, improving VoIP technology and a focus on cutting costs and emissions intensive travel they are becoming more popular. What really is the effectiveness of this type of communication? I’m sure you have asked this question yourself, but are conference calls killing our productivity?
It is amazing some of the things people are actually doing during conference calls rather than paying attention and this can't be productive. Unfortunately activity does not equal productivity. Recently an article was posted on The Atlantic website outlining exactly what people get up to during conference calls. How productive have you been in your recent teleconferences?
The Atlantic - Derek Thompson - "Study: Nobody Is Paying Attention on Your Conference Call"