by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 25, 2015
New research from Meetings Mean Business shows federal workers highly value in-person meetings, conferences and events. The respondents were 100 government employees who organize, attend, or influence meetings and travel as part of their jobs. Among the findings, 98 percent said in-person meetings are important for advancing their agency's mission, and 92 percent said engaging with colleagues, peers, partners and vendors face-to-face improves their ability to work effectively. When asked specifically about the value of in-person meetings:

• Two in three federal employees said collaborating and innovating is best done face-to-face;
• Eight in 10 agree that in-person training is better for meeting and engaging with the "right people"; and
• Four in five said they have attended an in-person event that would not have resulted in the same level of success if conducted remotely.

"Face-to-face meetings are vital for conducting government business in the most effective and efficient way possible," said David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel Co. and co-chair of Meetings Mean Business. "The survey results show that sitting down and interacting with others one-on-one provides real-time productivity and continuous opportunities for engagement."