7 things you should never do on a video call
Unfortunately, this type of blunder isn't that uncommon. More people use video calls on a daily basis; as a result, the number of people engaging in cringe-worthy behaviors during these calls has also gone up.
In light of this trend, join.me - an online meeting solution with video conferencing - has compiled the top seven video conferencing taboos to avoid:
1. Dressing unprofessionally.
Although it should go without saying, pajamas aren't the appropriate dress code for a video call, even if you're at home. According to a study from join.me, 17% of employees have seen someone dressed inappropriately during a video call, and 20% have admitted to wearing pajama pants. Try to keep your attire professional and conservative, even if you have to change right before the call.
2. Using the camera as a mirror.
Whatever you do, don't use the video camera to fix your makeup or hair. You'll only make the person on the other end uncomfortable. Check your appearance before you get on the call.
3. Having Fido in the room.
Canine interruptions might seem cute, but most people will consider them a nuisance. According to the join.me study, 17% of Americans have seen a pet make an unexpected cameo appearance. Keep your cat, dog, or other pet in another room where you can't hear them.
4. Touching your face.
Sadly, 10% of people have reported seeing someone pick their nose during a meeting. No matter how discrete you think you're being, keep in mind that your face is enlarged on someone's screen. To be safe, just don't touch your face at all.
5. Making weird noises.
There's only one sound more embarrassing than your dog barking: bodily noises. Although it may be hard to control, try to refrain from burping - or worse - during a video call. That means you should probably avoid carbonated drinks.
6. Staying in bed.
Even if you have the most comfortable mattress in the world, keep the call professional by getting out of the bedroom and go to a quiet, "neutral" setting, like your study or living room. No one needs to see where you sleep.
7. Being in the bathroom - for whatever reason
24% of Americans voted this as the worst thing someone could do on-screen, and 6% have actually witnessed it happen. There's no compelling reason why you should ever take a call in the bathroom. If you run into an "emergency," excuse yourself politely - and don't conduct business while you're doing your business.
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