A lot of things can be said about the past year and half (most of which, we won’t say here), but proclaiming it the Year of the Virtual Meeting is perhaps the most fitting. As businesses have shifted to a more flexible, remote workforce, the day-to-day business has adapted accordingly. Out of necessity, the prevalence of virtual meetings has skyrocketed in the past 6 months with no signs of slowing down.

Like meetings, other business mainstays are going virtual as well, such as performance reviews, onboarding, conventions, and conferences—including our own annual user conference, Netconnect, which will be held virtually for the second year in a row.

In years past, Netconnect was an in-person event hosted in New Orleans with hundreds of people in attendance. And while we will miss seeing everyone face-to-face, we are prepared to bring as much of the sights, sounds, and experiences of Netconnect as possible online. This year’s Netconnect theme is BEYOND HRits completely virtual and totally FREE.

Has this year left you feeling a little lost in the stratosphere? Netchex mission control is here to guide you through the stars. Netconnect 2021 (November 4) is the perfect opportunity to reset your company’s thrusters, plot out your next galactic destination, and discover something new in HR’s vast, uncharted universe. Register here today.

And while everyone may be used to virtual meetings by now, attending a virtual conference is a completely different experience—but one where the possibilities are endless. And though things are going to be a bit different, we are really excited and you should be too—here’s why:

Flexibility

In-person conferences are very fast-paced and jam-packed with nearly every minute accounted for in your daily schedule. This can lead to an intense fear of missing out (FOMO) and worry over whether or not you are getting your money’s worth out of attending (no need to worry this year because Netconnect is FREE, btw). 

Virtual conferences, on the other hand, offer you A LOT of flexibility—no travel times, make your schedule to fit your timetable, and you don’t even have to miss out on a full day of work. 

Saving time and money

Did we mention that Netconnect is FREE—not even a registration fee? But even if it wasn’t, with virtual conferences you don’t have to worry about air travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and more.

And with virtual conferences, time is on your side. Often with a mix of live and recorded events, you can prioritize, but still not fear missing out because you can also circle back to whatever you missed the first time around.

Education 

Despite spending less money and requiring less of a time commitment, virtual conferences, especially Netconnect, still offer the most crucial component of a conference—education. With a schedule packed full of classes, speakers, and events designed to increase your expertise, Netconnect will increase your knowledge of industry best practices and demonstrate how to get the most out of the Netchex system.

Additionally, you will gain valuable new insights that you can take back to your company that will allow you to institute real change, save your company time and money, and make your employees and co-workers happier and more fulfilled. 

Virtual conferences are also great for multiple members of your team to attend the event together or independently. Together, more information and insights can be absorbed, applied, and shared with the rest of your company. Plus, just like in-person conferences, it is also more enjoyable to experience conferences with others. And since Netconnect is FREE this year, there are no additional financial constraints preventing multiple team members from participating. 

Inspiration

Finally, there is one somewhat unspoken, but undeniable element that conferences bring to attendees—inspiration. That after-conference glow/shot of adrenaline is real. Attendees emerge from a conference full of ideas and motivated to get things done. And thankfully, attending a conference virtually still provides this beneficial catalyst—and did we mention that Netconnect is FREE?

Register for Netconnect: Beyond HR (November 4) today