Toronto is ahub for some of the largest international companies based in and around the city. National and international offices communicate on a regular basis to convene on campaigns, progress and goals. Discussing strategy, presenting proposals and teaching team members are all necessary to ensure secondary offices are on the same page and can move forward in a meaningful way.
Be a Leader in Innovation, Knowledge-building and Research
Large companies may have the budget to send representatives to different areas in the country to discuss and present information, but as environmental corporate social responsibility is given higher ranking on a company's business agenda, these costs are more likely to be reconsidered. Not only is sending someone to another part of the country or out of the country not efficient in terms of time management, it also significantly increases a company's ecological footprint. An ecological footprint is measured by the overall greenhouse gases that are emitted from all the activities a business partakes in.
When you are a leader in innovation, knowledge-building and research, you also want to lead the way in environmental thinking so that other companies will follow suit. The best way to achieve this is to evaluate every area of a company and administer cutbacks where possible. In most cases – depending on the type of work a company is involved in- creating new schemes and purchasing new machinery that emits less pollution is a long-term strategy that may take time to implement. However if you have many team members frequently travelling to do presentations, reducing this number will factor into your environmental equation and reduce your footprint.
Invest in Applications
The upfront cost for buying the hardware necessary to set up effective videoconferencing for large groups can seem high. Despite this, it is important to remember that you are investing in applications that will prove absolutely necessary in the future. The costs are not too great when compared to the costs of continually sending team members abroad.
One of the other main benefits of switching to videoconferencing is the time you will save setting up the logistics of travel. If an urgent matter arises, a leading group member won't have to purchase a last minute ticket and sacrifice their routine schedule to meet with a particular group. Instead, they can set up a videoconference meeting with the appropriate staff from various departments to go over the issue at hand. The convenience that virtual communications offers is unmatched. Of course, there will be times when members do need to go into an office that is located further away, but for those working in Toronto, meeting with staff members that are located in offices around the GTA and in Ontario can be easily done via videoconferencing.
It may seem like a daunting task at first to research the hardware
and find a consulting group to help you manage and set up the new system, however keep your goals in mind. Lead the way in your sector by promoting environmental corporate responsibility, time and productivity maximization and cost minimization.