Where would managers of remote teams be without videoconferencing?
Unlike email or instant messaging applications, which most managers use whether their teams are in the office or not, videoconferencing is the primary tool for remote managers to affect change in their teams.
If they are using it correctly, that is.
Think about it. Managers, by definition, are connectors of people. They help make teams function and then help that team function with other teams. And when face-to-face interaction isn’t an option, videoconferencing really is the only tool for making the manager’s purpose a reality. What could take dozens of emails or just as many IM messages can be done in less than 30 minutes on a video call… if you’re doing it right.