Zoom Etiquette

By Makenzi Jordan Rodriguez 

Gone are the days of 100% in-person meetings, as most of us now work from home or in a hybrid work environment. Just like with in-person business meetings, meeting etiquette extends to Zoom, with a few new considerations.

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Here are some tips for being polite in a video meeting:

1. Join on time.

Punctuality is important! Being on time shows that you care and eliminates any delays for the rest of your team.

2. Dress appropriately.

As you would for an in-person meeting, appropriately dressing shows you care and are prepared for the day.

3. Background.

Make sure you have a clean and tidy background and eliminate distractions.  Use virtual backgrounds to hide that pile of laundry.

4. Don’t multitask.

It’s unlikely you would multitask in an in-person meeting. Your colleagues on camera can tell when you’re preoccupied and disengaged.

5. Avoid eating.

There may be certain situations where it’s appropriate to eat on camera (virtual social gathering or lunch), but during a business meeting isn’t one of them!

Politeness matters – not only because it makes you feel good but also because your behavior affects how others perceive you. When you treat others with respect, they’ll return the favor.