COVID-19 has opened a Pandora's box in the business world; we all know Zoom exists, and there's no going back. Even as SA recovers from the worst of the pandemic in our state, the Zoom meeting is sticking around. I have one with the rest of the Magic FM team across the region later today.
Now is not the time for complacency. Standards still matter in the workplace, so for your next Zoom meeting, I thought I'd present a case study of some Dos and Don'ts.
This is me on a recent Zoom call. Study the image. Ask yourself: what works and what doesn't?
The Dos are hopefully clear: video is working, and every part of my body in-frame is clothed. I'm also clearly inside my office, and not at home, on a beach, or inside a competing place of business. On the surface level, there's a lot that's right with this picture.
The Don'ts, however, are numerous. Lighting isn't especially great, with my face looking dull and under-exposed. I could purchase a ring light for that extra edge, but I could just as easily reposition the camera. Put in the effort, and you'll be surprised with the results.
I'm wearing a hat in the meeting, which violates my Mum's policy against wearing hats indoors. It's pretty clear that I'm wearing one solely to hide my atrocious bed hair, which might cause my superiors concern for my wellbeing and professionalism. Also, you can't tell from the picture, but my feet stink something horrible.
Finally, if you were really paying attention to the image above, you'll notice I have Bob The Builder playing on the tv behind me; Lofty and Dizzy are pretty easy to make out in the background.
What's worse is it wasn't even a particularly good episode, one of the later ones where Bob and the gang aren't claymation characters but some disturbing 3D animated monstrosity. I have no taste!
Lucky I've made these mistakes so you won't have to. Best of luck on your next Zoom call!
And for any dogs reading this, keep an eye out for my next article on the Dos and Don'ts of zoomies!
Webcam image via Aksa2011 on Pixabay