Web Meeting Etiquette

An Online web meeting is still a meeting.
Do …Remember to look professional and respectful.Dont…Dress inappropriately. Zoom meetings with colleagues are still meetings. Although it’s nice to relax in the comfort of your own home, it’s never a good idea to meet with your colleagues in your pajamas.
Do …Dress appropriately and fully. Dress like you would in a normal meeting, whether that be a t-shirt, a suit, or anything in betweenDont…Have a distracting background. While it may be cool to have a funny or creative background picture, loud or distracting backgrounds can draw your peer’s attention away from the meeting
Do …Have a neutral or solid color background. If it is a picture, make sure it doesn’t distract others from the meeting.Dont…Be late to the meeting. Joining a zoom meeting late can be distracting to others and can come off as unprofessional and rude
Do …Make sure to always be punctual to meetings, even if they are just on your phoneDont…Forget to mute yourself when other people are talking. Being on mute is courteous to everyone else in the meeting, since your background noise doesn’t distract or interrupt anyone, and your computer won’t be the cause of a loud echo
Do …Always mute yourself when you aren’t talking, just to make sure that your background noise doesn’t distract everyone else in the meeting. It can also save you from some embarrassing situationsDont…Zoom on the go. When you’re in a zoom meeting, don’t try to kill two birds with one stone by running errands. It comes off as careless and unprofessional, and you won’t be invested in the meeting. If you do happen to be on zoom while driving, please mute yourself, drive responsibly, and focus on the road.
Do …Remember that a zoom meeting is still a meeting. Set aside time for your meeting and make sure to attend them in an appropriate setting.Dont…Eat or consume alcohol during a meeting, (unless your video is off. If your video if off, eat all you want, as long as you’re muted.) Eating on a zoom call can be distracting, and can turn out pretty embarrassing if you end up spilling on yourself.
Do …Make sure to eat before your zoom meetings, so you aren’t tempted to do so during themDont…Sit in the dark. While it might not seem important, lighting is a significant part of a video conference. It’s the deciding factor on whether or not everyone else in the meeting can see your face.
Do …Sit in good lighting, preferably natural. Sit by your window and open the blinds. Natural sunlight will help your colleagues see you better, and give you a boost of vitamin D.