Powwownow is a call conference provider founded in 2004. The company provides customers with low-cost conference calling facilities which do not have any booking, billing, or fuss. The customers do not even need to book a conference room and they will never receive a bill from Powwownow. They only pay the cost of their own call, which is added to their standard telecoms bill.
Recently, the company announced a 30 percent increase in its teleconferencing year on year. According to the company, this increase in business indicates an increase in remote working in Britain, where it operates.
The company supports its claims with the recent CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey 2011. The survey discovered that flexible working is now a standard feature of the modern workplace. It means nearly all employers (96 percent) are providing at least one form of flexible working. The survey also stated that there has been a quick expansion in recent years in the use of teleworking. Increasing from 46 percent in 2008 and only 14 percent in 2006, about 59 percent of employers use this form of flexible working.
Simon Curry, CEO of Powwownow, said, "In this age of technology, work no longer needs to be confined by the boundaries of an office or even 9am-5pm. Technology enables us to interact on the move, from anywhere at any time. It allows a greater flexibility for businesses. Powwownow is free, easy to use and accessible 24/7, and we offer a free mobile app to schedule meetings, meaning you really can fit business in with your life, not life in with your business.”
In 2010, TMC’s (News - Alert) Raja Singh Chaudhary reported that the company published a report where it found that people are discouraged by using conference calls by other attendees' anti- social behavior. The behavior includes noisy eating, swearing, sniffing, and heavy breathing, and Powwownow found it to be improper on conference calls during a poll of its Premium customers. Although conference calls are a great way to have a more relaxed meeting, the users must adhere to some simple guidelines.
Edited by Brooke Neuman