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How is video-calling playing its part while we’re self isolating and social distancing?

Video-calling, FM, Facilities Management...

So video-calling has been around for a while now, hasn't it? Being able to Skype with someone from the comfort of your own home isn't a new phenomenon. One thing is for sure though, it's never been appreciated more than it is in these current times.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, many people have been unable to travel to and from work, meaning they've currently been working from home for well over a month now. That's where video-calling comes in. There are so many companies which offer this service, allowing people all over the world to keep in touch with friends, family and work colleagues.

The fact that those working from home can log on and instantly chat with colleagues, hold meetings and take part in interviews if need be is brilliant, and a fantastic tool, especially in the times we are currently facing. It means people are still connected even when they aren't in the same room, office or workspace and it helps to keep things as normal as possible.

Video-calling itself brings a number of benefits. For starters, it enables businesses to continue with little disruption. With the need to social distance and work from home, it has become increasingly difficult for employees to travel to and from work. Video calls provide a more personal approach and allow employers to communicate with their workers in a way that they hadn't thought to try prior. It's also extremely convenient, easily accessible and saves time and money. Additionally, having a conversation via video-call enables those working from home to record meetings in order to look back on at a later time.

Now, it's unclear when lockdown will end, when businesses can continue from where they left off and whether companies will be able to function properly straightaway but one thing we can be sure of is that chat services will still be here waiting for us to log on whenever we need to.

This could potentially change the way companies operate in the future, couldn't it? Think about it - people can work from home, can hold meetings from their sofa, can even have an interview via video link now. Not that it wasn't possible before, but social distancing rules have meant we've had to temporarily change the way in which we work. It took some getting used to, but five, six weeks in and it's becoming the new norm.

So what's stopping it from growing and evolving in the future?