As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, few industries remain unscathed. As a result, virtual meetings have become an essential part of how modern businesses maintain productivity and continuity. They’re an easy, cost-effective way to align multiple offices, keep remote employees engaged, and work with clients and vendors.
In today’s world of work, businesses can no longer run without the presence of virtual meetings.
Yes, virtual meetings have likely been a part of your daily work routine for some time now. Still, it’s still easy to fall victim to some major meeting faux pas. The reality is: Virtual meeting etiquette is a whole new ball game compared to in-person meetings (as many folks are learning the hard way).
Virtual Metting Etiquette Tips
Ask anyone who’s ever participated in an online meeting or conference call. They know: There are a few undeniable differences between face-to-face meetings and their audio or video equivalents. Virtual meeting etiquette (and conference call etiquette for that matter too) are subtly different from normal business etiquette. Be aware of these differences. Using the tips in the infographic below, offered by GlobalSpex, will help you avoid committing unintentional gaffs in your next online meeting.
No one expects you to be a cinematographer or even an on-air personality, but it’s important to set up your space, be aware of what’s on camera, and present yourself in an engaged, confident way. Use the mute button judiciously and make sure you’re off camera before you scratch that annoying itch (You know the one). Oh, and be careful when sharing your screen. In fact, if you can, just share the app. When you share your screen, of course, ensure anything you don’t want other people to see is closed.
In the end, virtual meeting etiquette really boils down to being aware, polite, and professional.