With budget constraints and the many new tools that are available, I see so many companies assume that the face-to-face time is not a good use of time and budget. User Groups and Sales Kick-offs are now often being replaced by web meetings and virtual training. While I can appreciate that these costs rise as the company grows and finds the best talent around the world, I wonder if we are going too far. The last time I checked we are all still human and getting to know our colleagues through a few regular on site meetings is still a valuable interaction.
This week, ifridge is holding our first company meeting. The ifridve Village event will take place in San Francisco and our entire team will be getting together to share ideas and prepare for next year.
With all the technology we have, why bring everyone together? These few days of strong collaboration, face-to-face discussions, and fun, is what every company needs once in a while to make the rest of the year a success. I am not downplaying the tremendous opportunities we have now to interact on a regular basis due to the advancement in technology, I am suggesting that we don’t replace one with the other. Think about the value that some real personal interaction can bring and find the right time to facilitate.
We are quite excited about this event and look forward to sharing the days of interaction that lie ahead.