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A new survey released by remote access company TeamViewer today shows that while both genders predict more online meetings in the future, women see more benefits to the practice than men do and are also more demanding of their meeting hosts. Why is this?

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Men throughout the ages have pondered what women really want. Chocolates, they wondered? Roses? Someone to do their fair share of the housework? (That’s a hint, guys.) But a new study out today from remote access company TeamViewer offers a surprising answer to this age-old question. Women, apparently, want more remote, online meetings.

TeamViewer surveyed over 2,500 American adults and found that more than three-quarters of both sexes (77 percent) feel online meetings are on the rise. With companies squeezed for cash, technology improving and teams increasingly spread out geographically that’s really no surprise. Slightly more head scratching were the responses when pollsters asked about the benefits of meeting remotely. In short, women saw more advantages to the practice than men did. Here’s how the sexes viewed various potential benefits of online meetings:

  • Save money on transportation costs: 78 percent of women saw this benefit, compared to 71 percent of men
  • Less time wasted traveling to meetings: 77 percent vs. 71 percent
  • Less nerve-wracking than in-person meetings: 37 percent vs. 26 percent
  • Participants are less distracted: 22 percent vs. 16 percent

Women were also much more demanding of the hosts of online meetings, with a whopping 81 percent of female respondents saying organization was important in a host compared to 68 percent of male respondents who felt this way. 64 percent of ladies also said being fast-paced was important. Only 52 percent of men agreed.

The fact that relatively few folks of either gender think participants of online meetings are paying closer attention than in in-person gatherings is hardly shocking considering how many of us have started clicking through emails when an online speaker started droning. The other differences between the sexes are slightly more puzzling.

Are women, who still tend to bear more household responsibilities, just more in need of and aware of the scheduling flexibility and time savings online meetings provide? Does the fact that, on average, fewer women are hard-charging, room dominators increase the appeal of online meetings? Are women just ever so slightly more likely to tell pollsters what they think they want to hear? And what’s to be made of women’s sterner demand for organized, quick-moving moderators – is this dislike of rambling just another function of their harder-pressed schedules?

What do you make of these survey results? 

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  1. Not just a woman thing, its an efficiency thing. I train and where I can do it virtually, its definitely better for prep and the overall mood. Granted, I do get mixed reviews from folks attending who think/want to have in-person for some aspects, but I’m thinking that’s more the delivery method on my end rather than the behavior itself.

    We should see more folks preferring these; and the tools stepping up to making them happen easier as the bandwidth and hardware are well supporting of these kinds of interactions.

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  2. R.c. Treistman Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Today’s business leaders and managers all recognize the efficiency improvements with technology, especially things like online meetings. Of course, the face to face meeting still has its place. Gender, I think, has little to do with how this technology is viewed.

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