Meetings via Zoom are becoming the
norm these days. The platform is easy to use and it can include plenty of
employees at once. The problem is that some employees have become too
comfortable in using the platform, and forget that they have to maintain
professionalism. Sure, they’re working from home, but the Zoom meeting is a
part of office work. If you need to take part in this call, these are some
things you need to avoid.
You have to show
up on time. As soon as the host opened the meeting, you should be there
right away. Don’t make everyone wait for you. The meeting is only a part of the
job. You still have other things to deal with, and so will your fellow
employees. Sleep early if you know that there’s an early Zoom meeting. Besides,
you can’t complain about how early the meeting is. It’s still part of the
office hours, and you should be responsible enough in managing your time.
Not wearing appropriate outfit
You must have seen several videos
online about people who got caught wearing shorts during a Zoom meeting. They
wore proper outfit on top since it’s the only visible part. Despite this setup,
it’s still important for you to wear appropriate outfit. You have to meet with
your colleagues and bosses online. Besides, it’s been a while since you’ve last
work an office outfit. You can justify wearing one because of the meeting.
Being too loud
The host can control who speaks and
who can be seen during the call. However, you also have the control buttons on
your side. The host is usually polite enough to make you decide when to speak
up. Just like in a regular meeting, you should only speak if it’s necessary, or
if asked to do so. Give everyone the chance to speak up. You’re not the only
one with an idea. You might annoy everyone else in the room because of how loud
If you were asked to present an idea
or pitch a plan, you
have to prepare. You might even need to come up with interesting slides to show
to everyone. You can’t rush this process. Make the slides earlier so that you
have time to polish them and research the details. You might also receive
questions related to your presentation. Be prepared to answer them.
Your face will be on everyone’s screen
the meeting. Your fellow employees will know if you feel sleepy or you
don’t want to be a part of the meeting. Even if you feel exhausted or you
already got bored, you have to look interested. It’s also a way of showing
respect to the people talking. You have to sacrifice a few hours to be involved
in this call. You’re not the only one making these sacrifices.
These Zoom calls are now a trend, and
you should observe good etiquette to avoid issues.
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