Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business

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Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business
Disadvantages exist for using video conferencing for meetings. (conference image by Salem Alforaih from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Video conferencing allows business meetings to happen between people in different states and even different countries thanks to video streaming over the

Internet. There are huge advantages such as the time and money saved for everyone involved not having to travel to a particular location, as well as the beneficial green factor, as the meeting&amp;rsquo;s carbon footprint will be drastically decreased. However, the lack of a personal touch, technology issues, security and cost are all potential drawbacks that need to be considered.

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The Personal Touch

Many businesspeople like to get to know whom they are dealing with in person. The handshake before the meeting, eye contact, and even watching how people hold themselves during the meeting are important factors for many businesspeople.

Further, some meaning may be lost watching someone on a screen. Other human forms of communicating, such as gauging the feeling of listeners by looking at their faces, will be partially lost over a video conference.

Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business
Eye contact plays a large part in how long people will speak voluntarily. (eye image by Pali A from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Getting Used to the Technology

There are tips and tricks to using video conferencing software effectively. Older businesspeople, as well as less technologically minded people, may struggle with the equipment, and may feel disadvantaged.

For example, users are advised to speak more clearly, and look straight into the camera to make it appear to the other people in the conference that they are communicating with them. Someone who is a great public speaker and can hold the interest of a large group of people may not do so well sitting on their own looking at a camera.

Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business
A businessman may have less enthusiasm sitting on his own talking to a camera. (webcam image by Régis Verger from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Online Security

If the Web-meeting provider that is being used does not have a good security system, the meeting may possibly be accessed by an outsider. Depending on the material being discussed, valuable secrets or information may be unintentionally made available to hackers.

Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business
The meeting may have the possibility of being accessed by an outsider. (security image by Kimberly Reinick from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Cost of Setting up the Video Conference

According to Officevideoconferencing.com, setting up the equipment needed for a video conference, and rigging the room with slide viewers, lights, microphones and video cameras is not an easy task. Buying the equipment and software, hiring a professional to install it and then employing a computer technician for any problems that arise are costs that need to be considered.

Disadvantages of Using Video Conferencing in a Business
Setting up a video conference is expensive. (money image by cherie from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

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