Okay... I have to get something off my chest... zoom or teams call etiquette. I never thought in a million years I would need to remind people of this, but some people just don't get it. Here are ten simple rules I think most people need to consider in this work from home / remote work era:
1. Don't be late to a video call. It's awkward for the guest or speaker to just sit there and wait with a smile on their face.
2. If your background isn't cute or is overly personal, add the blur background filter.
3. Own your background noise. Go on mute if you are not speaking and in a loud area.
4. Don't be the jerk that refuses to turn on the camera if someone else has done it. It's awkward and embarrassing to speak to a black screen.
5. On the reverse side, don't bully or force anyone to turn on their video.
6. Be mindful of what actually requires a video meeting vs. an e-mail.
7. It is rude to make people do video calls before working hours. Don't do it.
8. Zoom happy hours are done. No more invites, please.
9. Don't be one of those people whose camera is on a different screen and make us look at the side of you.
10. Don't type or work on other e-mails when you are on Zoom/Teams. We can literally see you. Show others you are listening.
Bonus Tips: If you are a manager, be mindful of how many zoom meetings you set. Mental health is important and introverted people may get exhausted from "being on", read the room and ask what communication style your team prefers for your touchases.
Which tip/rule resonated the most with you?