This is a blessing in disguise for small businesses because they don’t have to rent space for employees but can still get their work done in record time. There are companies out there who encourage their employees to work from home. All of this might sound strange to a business owner from the 20th century but it is quickly becoming a norm these days. The age of virtual workplace which was dismissed as a myth a few years back is dawning in front of our eyes every day. Conference calls have a huge part to play in the coming to the age of this era of virtual workplaces. For, the one major predicament which 20th-century businesses faced was to connect with employees located at disparate locations. Hence, they favored that all of the employees were under one building for easy communication. However, thanks to conference calls, a business owner in America could communicate with his employee based in India as easily as two persons who are located in two rooms. All he has to do is to have a stable internet connection (a must-have for any business) and some upfront investment in a Conference Call Program and bingo! He could communicate his message across the globe with aplomb. Here’s how conference calls benefit businesses: Conference Calls save Your Money Travel costs are increasing every day. With a conference call, however, not only can you maintain relationships with clients but also stay in touch with your colleagues on a permanent basis. Also, if you have multiple employees working at the same task from different and remote locations, you can get all of them together on a conference call to discuss what you expect from their work. Yes, you might have to pay some initial costs but they would dwarf when compared with the costs you are saving. Think of the electricity bills you might have to pay if all of your employees use your premises for recharging their digital devices. Think of the investment you’d have to make to make your premises presentable to the clients. Apart from cost-savings, conference calls can also help in decreasing the carbon footprint of your organization. A recent research suggests that if you drive for one hour for a meeting, you are using the same electrical power as that of 1,000 hours of conference calls on the web. Thus, if you want to do something that is good both for your wallet and the environment, conference calls deserve your attention. You can connect with far-flung employees Although there is no substitute for employees who work at the office, some circumstances force employees to quit their daily routines and do work from home. You might want to retain valuable employees who are saying goodbye to the office life for a family problem. For, they still have to earn a living and both of you could benefit by going the route of conference calls. With conference calls, not only remote employees but also telecommuters can stay connected and give their insight on day-to-day operations of the organization. Also, while finding new hires, you won’t be constricted by the geography. Similarly, while launching a new product or rebranding an existing one which isn’t meeting your expectations, you don’t have to wait for quarterly get-togethers. All you got to do is to prepare a slideshow and showcase it to the participants of conference calls to get their feedback. Develop work-life balance Some companies have operations that require extensive travel on the part of employees. Their workload gets doubled when they have to report office the very next day after visiting a site or meeting a client. You could take some travel hours off the to-do list of your employees by giving them the option of conference calls. You might not be able to eliminate travel needs altogether but you could, at least, reduce them. In this way, not only the cost but also the stress - which comes from traveling frequently, will decrease. Less Excuses When was the last time an employee or a client or a partner told you that he couldn’t attend a meeting due to bad weather, long drives, or canceled flights? All of us have been through this situation and we know how testing it is to be on the receiving end. Thankfully, conference calls have come to our rescue from this uneasy situation. No matter where your call partner is stuck in, all he has got to do is to pick up his phone and start talking. In this manner, you could make sure that all meetings start on time whether or not the participants are in the building.