The health benefits of video conferencing

Video is used as a communication tool across organisations on a daily basis. Video is far more productive than email and audio calls, and leads to faster decision making and improved collaboration within dispersed teams.

Home working has dramatically increased as a result of video conferencing technology. Rather than spending up to two hours traveling to get into the office every day, employees can start their working day earlier, have an improved work-life balance, and are available at the click of a button for a face-to-face conversation over video. Although some businesses are weary of adopting home working, the majority of organisations have seen productivity levels surge as a result of home working.

Health benefits of video conferencingVideo conferencing technology has not only contributed to productive home working, it has helped improve people’s health all over the world.

Listed below are just some of health benefits of video conferencing.

  • Reduces stress – Less business travel and for home workers, reduced travel to and from the office, has seen the stress levels of many significantly drop.
  • Work-life balance – Less travel and the flexibility to work from home has significantly improved the balance in people’s work and personal lives, making it one less thing to worry about.
  • Less strain on the heart – Reduced stress levels as a result of less business travel and less time traveling to and from the office reduces strain on the heart.
  • Encourages exercise – An improved work-life balance means people are much more likely to exercise. Home-workers in particular are much more likely to exercise on their lunch break, even if it’s just a 20 minute stroll to their local park or convenience store.
  • Avoid road accidents – Less time on the road means workers are less likely to be involved in road accidents.

Video conferencing technology not only improves the health of people in the workplace. It is used in hospitals all over the world and is referred to as telemedicine. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.