According to Cisco’s Hybrid Work Index, only half of attendees speak up during meetings.


Almost everyone who works in front of a screen has experienced “Zoom fatigue” to some extent 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic . What’s worse, a new study indicates that actual teamwork doesn’t necessarily result from all those videoconferences.

In the world each month, more than 61 million meetings occur, according to Cisco’s new Hybrid Work Index. However, just 48% of participants in any one of them are likely to speak. The lack of participation highlights the need for a wider variety of collaboration tools, such as the asynchronous meeting products being released by manufacturers like Cisco , Slack , and Zoom .

The Hybrid Work Index, which Cisco intends to distribute on a quarterly basis, is based on millions of anonymized and aggregated customer data points from platforms used by Cisco for security (Talos, Duo, Umbrella), networking (Meraki), internet visibility (ThousandEyes), and collaboration (Webex). Third-party research involving over 39,000 respondents in 34 different countries adds to the data. It is intended to offer information on people’s preferences, routines, and technological usage.

The Index also discovered that an increasing number of employees have started dialing into meetings utilizing mobile devices because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Prior to the epidemic, just 9% of attendees connected to meetings using a mobile device, as opposed to 27% today. This type of participation has effects on security as well as inclusion and participation.

In the meantime, there are now 61% more devices linked to office wifi than there were six months ago. The higher education, professional services, and hotel sectors drove this expansion.

Naturally, some industries allow for less flexibility in terms of personnel locations. However, in general, workers are dubious of their mixed work rules. Up to 64% of respondents claimed that their ability to work from home directly influences whether they stay in a position or not. However, only 47% of employees believe that their firm will allow them to work remotely during the next six to twelve months.


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