The last battle in office life may be over whether or not to keep the camera open during virtual meetings.
A woman working for a New York-based nonprofit told CNN Business that she received a complaint from HR in August for the first time in her career for keeping her camera closed during virtual workshops. Shortly afterwards, he said he received a second complaint from HR for the same reason.
Although she is still being asked to keep her camera open, she is now sitting out of frame, without actually appearing - something her company has said is acceptable. But he feels that this makes things even more embarrassing. He is currently looking for a new job.
She is not alone in her struggle with the new regularity of continuous video calling. In interviews with CNN Business, several employees described how keeping the camera open in meetings made it harder to focus on their work, caused frustration with the need to stay in one place for long periods of time, and generally caused some discomfort.
Lydia Mack, author for brands and start-ups in Los Angeles, said she keeps the camera off during meetings with clients and partners because she can concentrate better that way. But he also found that there are drawbacks to this approach. "If it's a group meeting and I'm the only one with the camera off for a long time, it can distract others and make them wonder if I'm still on my computer, if I overheard the conversation in its entirety and so on. henceforth '.
Allison Gabriel, a professor at the University of Arizona, wrote a study on what causes a camera that is constantly open. Gabriel's research found that turning off webcams during meetings can really make employees more productive because they are able to focus better on content and less on how they or others look.
Looking for solutions
Some organizations are slowly realizing that change is needed. Companies such as Citigroup, the Dell and New York University responded to the increase in fatigue due to Zoom meetings and implemented policies such as "no Zoom on Fridays", encouraging people to have telephone meetings. And some universities have made it optional for professors or students to keep their cameras open during classes.
Source of information: edition.cnn.com