Letter from CEO Aaron McArdle
What a year. Remember when we thought pandemic life would last just a few weeks … or months at most?
Although a lot of changes have taken place in the last 12 months, one of the biggest is the role of technology. For many of us, operating in an all-remote environment was new – but also instantly essential. And somehow, through tools like videoconferencing platforms, we made it work. How, exactly?
People were sort of forced to get more comfortable using new technology, and they tried new things like taking old, familiar office activities virtual. Communities started cropping up, giving professional and personal interactions a new twist. Online water cooler chats, happy hours, birthday parties and volunteering became acceptable and often even fun. In fact, I think we’ll see some of this continue once life is a little closer to normal and we can meet in-person again.
So we are now facing an interesting situation. Companies have seen how productive their teams can be while working remote, and how employees are enjoying the benefits. But with offices reopening soon, companies need to create the right hybrid environments that maintain their productivity while keeping remote work options available.
As we move into the second quarter of 2021, now is the time to explore how technology will continue to create great meeting experiences, regardless of whether we’re in-office or remote, personal or professional. Because video is here to stay.