The past year has certainly brought major changes in many areas of our working and social lives. When it comes to working, the shift to virtual meetings is one of the most noteworthy changes. We’d once considered those massive virtual encounters awkward and unwieldy. Now, they seem just as natural and normal as in-person meetings always did.

In reality, the rise of virtual meetings has been a good thing for companies and workers alike. While specific difficulties inevitably arise, the main effect of virtual engagements has been an increasingly democratic workplace environment. Here’s how the virtual meeting creates better working dynamics.

Introverts Can Participate More Easily

In a physical meeting room, the extroverts sit upfront and easily steal the limelight. The introverts, meanwhile, shrink into the background without ever participating. In a virtual meeting, there is no “front” or “back” of the room. Everybody’s little rectangle is the same size, and no one has an easier time getting the leader’s attention than anybody else. This makes it much easier for an introvert to make their way into the conversation.

There’s More Nonverbal Communication During Meetings

In a physical meeting, speaking out loud and making your voice heard is the only way to communicate. Remote sessions, on the other hand, include nonverbal options like virtual hand-raising and instant messaging features. This allows people who don’t like speaking up to ask questions or make points in real-time. Many bosses have recently discovered that their quietest workers are actually the people with the best ideas. Virtual meetings give these people the chance to contribute without feeling uncomfortable.

It’s Quick And Easy To Break Into Small Group Sessions

Many large meetings culminate with a series of smaller sessions with just a few contributors. This can be awkward in a physical office space, where everybody has to find their own space to convene. What’s more, everyone is constantly wary about being overheard by the other groups’ boss or people. With virtual meeting platforms, the boss can break people into groups with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. Then, just as quickly, the participants can be brought back together for general discussion.