The beauty of using technology such as Zoom is that you get to chat with your team “face-to-face.”
“Selfishly, for me, when I was working in the St. Louis office, I really didn’t have the awareness during internal meetings to have Zoom set up properly or encourage other people to turn their camera on,” explained Matt.
“Now, being a remote employee, I’ve realized that’s really isolating when our remote folks can’t engage in the level of conversation the folks in the office are.”
After experiencing that feeling time and time again, Matt started to worry about how that was impacting other remote employees and the way they play a part in Dot’s culture.
“Everyone wants to feel like they are a part of the conversation, the community, and that they are always contributing to the culture,” said Matt.
“So, when I felt like I was on the outside and couldn’t actively be a part of that—it pushed me to be like ‘Hey, there are so many people connected to the St. Louis office who work remotely. Imagine if we engaged these folks more. What would that do for the company?’”
But, when Matt started encouraging his co-workers to turn their cameras on, he received a lot of mixed reactions.
“It was a mix of people who did it immediately, people who didn’t respond at all, and some excuses like ‘Hey, you don’t want to see me looking like this,’” said Matt.
“But I think it just has to do with everyone’s level of comfort.”
Matt explained that some people like to have their home life and their work life separate—and he completely understands that sentiment. When you’re at home, you feel like you’re in your domain.
“But,” said Matt, “over time, more people get used to it. And I really do think the pandemic just accelerated all of it to a forced point of comfort.”
How to be Your Best Self on Zoom with Your Camera On
1. Be Patient
2. Be Full in the Picture
3. Find Some Natural LIght
4. Have a Good Attitude
Overall, there is a lot of technology out there that remote employees can use to stay connected to their team and co-workers. The key is knowing how to take advantage of those resources to optimize your remote working experience.