Most of us have a love-hate relationship with meetings. The COVID-driven rise of Zoom, Teams, Webex, and the rest has made meetings easier to set up and attend (or politely ignore if you turn off your camera), and it has also put remote workers on a peer footing with everyone else. But few would say that videoconferencing has made meetings significantly better.
A few near-term improvements may help change that.
With hybrid work likely to become a permanent fixture of the future workplace, a flood of innovation has been unleashed in conferencing technology. I believe this will forever change our assumptions about how we meet and ultimately make our workplace gatherings more productive and inclusive. It’ll take a while to get there, but the stars are aligning to shake up the way we meet in some pretty fundamental ways.