The human resources department plays a vital role in the success of any organization. HR professionals must recruit, hire, and retain a company’s greatest asset – its employees. HR managers wear many hats within the organization – benefits administrator, corporate morale booster, strategic adviser, to name a few.  But at the heart of every function an HR manager must perform is communication; the ability to communicate effectively on a one-to-one and one-to-many basis.

Video Conferencing Expedites Human Resources Functions

Video conferencing solutions provide companies a competitive advantage by facilitating face-to-face communication among remote parties. Human resources departments are now using this powerful technology to expedite many aspects of the department’s functions:

  • Hiring – Visual communication reduces the time it takes to hire personnel by allowing the discussion and sharing of information in real time instead of relying on e-mail or voice-only conferences.
  • Interviewing – Video provides visual cues that provide valuable information about candidates during the qualification process.
  • Recruiting – Instead of being limited to local job candidates, video extends the reach of the interviewing process, making the geographical pool of candidates almost limitless.
  • Cost reduction – Candidates can interview from a local video conferencing location (laptop, iPad, telepresence suite) to save time and travel costs.
  • Corporate culture enrichment – Enhanced employee communication results in increased information sharing and improved productivity. In many cases, work/life balance is improved (e.g., salespeople can make customer calls from home instead of through travel).
  • Support and training – Unified communication tools, such as streaming video for training sessions, can be used to reach many more employees – simultaneously.

 

Cisco Telepresence SX20

Cisco Telepresence SX20

New from Cisco! The Cisco TelePresence SX20 Quick Set easily turns any flat panel display into a flexible, powerful and sleek TelePresence system. Includes high definition video quality, multiparty conferencing and three different camera options to accommodate various room sizes and configurations – all at a value price.

Here is a quick snapshot of SX20 product benefits:
• Creates a powerful telepresence system with any flat panel display.
• Only telepresence quick set to offer built-in individually transcoded multipoint conferencing with ability for users to add three additional participants to a call.
• Designed for flexibility with three camera choices (2.5x, 4x and 12x) and a dual-display option to accommodate small-to-medium rooms.
• Enables high-definition 1080p60 video quality and 1080p15 content sharing.
• Sleek, compact, highly flexible design with new wall mount for easy and discreet mounting.
• Best price performance among other telepresence quick set products on the market.

 

Cisco looks to expand doctors’ capabilities to view patients remotely with the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant.

Cisco Systems has introduced the TelePresence VX-Clinical Assistant, a mobile telemedicine cart for high-definition video collaboration between doctors and patients.

Physicians will use the VX Clinical Assistant to examine patients remotely from other facilities. It will also play a role in medical education, Cisco reports.

 http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Health-Care-IT/Cisco-TelePresence-Cart-Brings-Video-Collaboration-to-Hospital-Exam-Rooms-454414/

 

Cisco’s TelePresence has traditionally been thought of as a stationary, high-end video conferencing solution targeted to c-level executives (due in part to the value it provides by cutting down on the need for global travel for meetings). Cisco is now expanding the concept of TelePresence with affordable, easy to use/deploy solutions that can be used in small to mid-sized meeting rooms,  and specialized systems that are aimed at the health care market space.

More here:

http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2011/10/new_cisco_offerings_for_smbs_t/

 

Cisco has announced video sharing - a new feature that allows TelePresence users to archive video sessions, replay them on demand, and search them by keywords.

http://www.conferencingnews.com/news/39549