The current Covid-19 crisis has meant that many of us are now remote working, from the comfort of our homes. Video collaboration has become an increasingly utilised component of both business and social interactions. The ability to connect over video with home-based employees benefits business through nurturing relationships, increasing employee satisfaction and improving meeting productivity and efficiency. With such an increase in employees working remotely and more business meetings taking place via video, it is important for staff to be educated on the Covid-19 Video Etiquette, writes Justin Melton, CEO of IT business solutions provider, Chill IT.
Put your Microphone on MUTE when you are not talking
It is easy to forget that there is a microphone picking up not only your voice, but if you decide to eat or drink something, that sound will come through also.
Eliminate background noise
It is important to find a quiet space for your video calls so that you can hear your meeting and so that you are not being disruptive to others while your microphone has to be on.
Be aware of your background and avoid distractions
Cleaning up your room before conference calls can make a huge difference in what your video call looks like. Keep the area behind you free of clutter. You want to be the focus and not a bunch of small frames or papers behind you.
Be sure that your pets are secured away and quiet before you log in to a conference call. Be aware people can see what you are doing, if your camera is on, so are you! Focus on your conference and try not to get distracted or multitask.
The ability to connect over video with home-based employees benefits business through nurturing relationships, increasing employee satisfaction and improving meeting productivity and efficiency.
Check your position
Look into the camera and make sure your camera angles are correct and you are sitting at the right height. Do not bounce in your chair!
Have good lighting
Use natural light from windows or simply turn on the overhead light in the room to brighten up the conference but avoid sitting directly in front of a bright window as this will put your face in shadow.
Finally – test everything before you start and have the best internet connection you can!
If you would like any assistance setting up video conferencing facilities call Chill IT on 1300 796 246
Here is a Chill IT Video Etiquette meeting poster that can be passed on to your employees for easy reference.
*This article was originally published by IT business solutions provider, Chill IT.
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