Keep your webcam closed!
We know that these days, social and work lives can blend a little easier, but try to adjust your mindset accordingly, at least for working hours. “People have become so used to their computers being personal spaces, but they’re now being used as quite public work spaces,” notes Sam. So at the end of your call, or at the end of the day, make sure your camera is covered. You can even use a sticker, some masking tape or buy a camera cover to ensure bloopers are avoided in case you’ve left the webcam on by accident.
Remember: It’s about feeling connected
Video call is still an imperfect technology. It’s our friend but also our foe. We love to hate it but we couldn’t do without it right now. Aside from the lagging, feedback and constant talking over each other, it’s a pretty magical thing. It’s connecting people from all over the world in a matter of seconds, and for that we’re grateful.
Sam agrees: “If this happened even five years ago, this would be a massively different situation. Today, you can call us and speak to us and share screens. We can share work and show you things in motion. But without this core video technology, none of that would be possible, and would dramatically impact our business.
“Luckily we’re all going to be world experts in all of those things by the time this is over. When we go back to work, we will be the generation who moved on video call technology by twenty years. But at this moment, it’s more about keeping teams feeling connected. Which is one of the most important things to do right now.”