Things to Avoid When Video Conferencing from Home (Part I)

Video conferencing can be an amazing tool if you follow these tips.

Online video conferencing applications like WebEx, Zoom, Skype, and GoToMeeting are excellent tools that let those who work at home virtually meet with colleagues and clients. It allows for quick decision-making and creating a rapport with co-workers at the same time. All this professional collaboration makes it simpler for those of us desiring work-life balance to find it.

These online tools are excellent until they are not

While meetings with these tools can be effective ways for folks to come together, there are a couple of cautionary tales. For instance, the woman who was filing her nails during a meeting while she was being shown on a wall-size screen at the company’s other locations around the globe. 

And then there was the guy who was working from home and visible in a meeting only from the chest up. He was wearing a nice, button-down shirt. Though, when he got up from his chair to get a file, he was only wearing underwear.

Despite these glitches, virtual meetings are increasing in the corporate world. Those of us who work at home really appreciate this. Technological advancements, united with the readiness by more businesses to let employees work at least part of the time from home, has made online video conferencing a cost-conscious way for employees to work together.

But there is a dark side associated with these sorts of meeting as well. It can go from downright hysterical to completely humiliating to quick dismissal from the company. If you have to participate in one of these meetings, or you need to organize a video meeting with your team, here are a couple of things to bear in mind. Avoid these catastrophes to stay professional at all times during the video conference.