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Top 4 online meeting etiquette that you must know

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As we all embrace the work-from-home set up, the boundaries between our personal and professional life are narrow. Needless to say, during an online meeting, multiple awkward situations are bound to occur. With an increase in remote work, we are being introduced to a lot of new ways of working, and there are many things that we are yet to learn.
While virtual meetings have likely been a part of your daily work routine for some time now, it's still easy to fall victim to some major meeting faux pas. Virtual meeting etiquette is a whole new ball game compared to in-person meetings. When it's 100% acceptable to show up in pajamas and let your dog out in the middle of a call, you know meeting etiquette has changed a lot. But just because no one will ever see your knees again doesn't mean there isn't proper virtual meeting etiquette.
Here are top 4 virtual meeting etiquette guidelines and ground rules that are proven handy the next time you are a part of an online session.
Leave the keyboard alone
Whether you're diligently taking notes like a model employee or sneakily chatting with your work bestie, the sound of your typing is distracting. It's not only distracting everyone else in the meeting (because your laptop's internal microphone is inches away from your keyboard), it's also preventing you from devoting your full attention to the meeting. Opt for a quality headset or pick up your notebook and pen to take meeting notes instead.
Mute By Default
Whether it is a large group meeting, or a meeting limited to 2-3 individuals, make sure to enable options like mute by default while joining for audio and video. This will give you time to look at your surroundings and analyze for unwanted sounds and visuals. Unmute audio only when it is your turn to speak or when required.
Dress appropriately
One of the magical things about working remotely is the freedom to wear anything to work. It's the dream, right? Still, there's no reason to show your co-workers your PJs and bedhead. Take a few minutes to throw on a clean shirt and brush your hair. The best part of actually getting ready while working remotely is that you'll put yourself in the right headspace to be productive.
Stick to time
Whether virtual or not, being on time for a meeting is important. Punctuality is one of the signs of professionalism in any given circumstance. As a host, for example, attendees won't like to sit around waiting for you to show up since they can't start without you. You should even be on the line before anyone else. For attendees, joining the conference late shows you're not dependable. If it's a work conference, you'll be passing the wrong message to your employees.
Since such a bulk of our interaction takes place online, it is crucial to have some online meeting etiquette guidelines in place. The trend of online meetings will keep growing and is bound to become a daily part of our jobs. By following online meeting etiquette tips, you can easily stay more productive and engaged during meetings. (FCSC)

Last Modified: 2021-Dec-02 05.42.09 UTC+0800