Whether you buy into the cliché that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the fact remains that men and women often perceive the world differently. And this need not be a bad thing at all. In fact, it is these very differences that make both the genders uniquely valuable in any workspace. It’s no different with office interactions, team meetings, or even conference calls.
I’m sure you’re wondering, how does this behavioral difference play out in the real world, and how does it really affect conference calling? Well, a 2015 study on how women and men dial-in to conference calls highlighted some interesting details:
- Women are more sensitive to calling in early, with around 15% of them getting on conference bridge early, while 8% of men will do this.
- In terms of client calls, 51% of women choose to dial-in to the conference bridge at least four minutes earlier than the scheduled time, while this number stands at 40% for men.
- In terms of supervisor calls, 50% women dial-in at least four minutes earlier than the scheduled time, compared to 39% of men.
- In terms of coworker calls, 33% women choose to dial-in to the conference bridge early, compared to 20% men.
So, we can say for sure that women are not just more inclined to punctuality, but also courtesy. The study also threw up another interesting tidbit – that 21% of women tend to wait for 5 minutes or more before leaving the conference call, compared to 14% men.
While dial-in conferencing has been the norm for quite long, there is a faster, safer and indeed smarter way to call conference, and it’s called grptalk. The grptalk server dials-out to every participant when the call begins, as opposed to getting everyone to dial-in to a bridge, which makes the conference calling process more efficient.
Tell us when you dial-in to your conference call? Leave a comment below.