I've written a lot over the years about the disproportionately low number of women in executive positions, and the negative impact that condition has on business. Here's another reason why we need more women making the decisions: We wouldn't be wasting so much time and money on in-person meetings.
According to a survey of more than 2,600 Americans conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of TeamViewer, a German online meeting software provider, women are more likely than men are to see the benefits of taking their meetings online, and are more demanding about the experience. Specifically, women are more likely than men to take the position that:
When asked about the characteristics most important for an online meeting host to have, women proved much more demanding than men in almost every category, including:
Fair warning to anyone who ventures to host an online meeting: Women are also more demanding than men are about the demeanor and appearance of the host. Fifteen percent of women said hosts of online meetings should be passionate, and 5 percent said the hosts should be attractive. I guess the message for unattractive people is to stick to hosting conference calls.