In recent years, the proliferation of BYOD — or “bring your own device” — has emerged as a major trend in the work landscape. Be it laptops, smartphones, or tablets, many employees are now able to collaborate from the comfort of their own devices.

I’ve seen this trend make meetings more effective and perhaps even enjoyable. Here’s how the BYOD landscape will continue to change the way meetings are viewed and conducted over the next decade, and how it could affect your company’s meeting culture.

Getting real-time information will eliminate unnecessary meetings

Because updates and information pertaining to meetings can now be updated in real time, unnecessary meetings will become a thing of the past. If your team’s to-do list for the day has already been laid out on a task or project management software like Asana or Trello, you can easily send that information to the rest of your team on your mobile device and avoid a meeting altogether.

Additionally, BYOD’s value isn’t limited to meeting reduction: You can even use your own device to eliminate any information that may no longer be relevant to an upcoming meeting. For example, if there was a meeting to discuss your company’s overall marketing spend and the marketing manager sent out a Slack message explaining the budget, you’d no longer need to discuss those expenditures in a meeting. The marketing manager can update the meeting agenda on his or her device and send the refined agenda out to the team.

Virtual meetings will grow

It should come as no surprise that virtual meetings have been on the rise, especially as companies make flexibility a priority and physical locations have become less critical. The sheer number of avenues to conduct a virtual meeting have grown exponentially since 2000, not just via Skype: Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, UberConference, JoinMe, WebEx, FaceTime Read More Here