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Video Guidance Takes the Debate out of Telecommuting

April 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options


As the debate swings back and forth about the merits of working from home, Video Guidance's video conferencing business is soaring. A great deal of the company's success relates to how companies are finding new ways of incorporating telecommuting into their business model.

"Video conferencing has revolutionized the way people connect and as a result, organizations around the world are making visual communications a strategic priority," said Michael Werch, president and CEO of Video Guidance, a leading strategicvisual communications�company.

Werch agrees that there are certainly times when employees need to be in the office or in a meeting, but his job is to help clients make their remote workplaces efficient. He also hears everyday how working remotely can benefit�both employees and employers, particularly by increased productivity and by cost savings through reduced expenses and overhead.

"We also know that these employees have a more balanced work and home life," said Werch. "They eliminate traffic and commuting, and are less stressed. Happier workers dramatically impact their personal performance as well their company's."

Video Guidance works with numerous companies to establish and improve their remote-workers program. One such company is Essentia Health, whose video conferencing system is supported by Video Guidance. Headquartered in Duluth, Minn., Essentia is an integrated health system serving patients in 18 hospitals, 68 clinics and eight long-term care facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho.

"With workers spread across a wide geographic area, it's imperative that we have the ability to maintain a high level of engagement and interaction with employees regardless of where they are located," said Brett Baker, manager of desktop support and mobile technology at Essentia Health. "And, nothing is more impactful than video."

A variety of collaboration technologies, including Cisco Jabber, have been deployed to engage employees with co-workers and managers, and to maintain a sense of a virtual office.

"We have implemented an effective work-from-home model for select groups within the organization with excellent results," said Baker. "And because of the flexibility of the technology, I see a strong trend of continuing the process�with Essentia staff and leaders."

About Video Guidance

From video conferencing, to distance learning, to telemedicine, Video Guidance is significantly helping its customers meet their mission-critical business objectives, including improved collaboration, accelerated decision-making, and expert on-demand and distance learning capabilities.

Founded in 1999, Video Guidance is privately held and headquartered in Bloomington, Minn. Video Guidance is an independent partner of Cisco, Polycom and LifeSize, and maintains strategic alliances with Conference Plus, On Stream Media Corporation and VQ Communications. For six consecutive years, Video Guidance has been named to the "Inc. 5,000" list of the nation's fastest growing private companies, and is one of the top privately held companies in Minnesota and one of the top 150 telecommunications companies in the nation. In addition, Video Guidance has been named by�The Business Journal�as one of the "50 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies" in the Twin Cities, and byMinnesota Business�magazine as "One of the Best Companies to Work For."

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