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Home Office: Video Calls & Work Life Balance

In current times where many of us have transitioned to working from home, it is important to remember the importance of work-life balance and pay attention to how video call etiquette can improve your daily work flow!

The Etiquette of Video Calling

  • Mute yourself when you are not speaking: Even quiet background noises are distracting. If you use the mic built into a laptop, avoid typing when un-muted. Speak at a normal volume.
  • Minimize interruptions: Notification noises are very loud to other participants in a call. Set any alerts to silent and find a quiet place to video call.
  • Wear headphones: It is much easier to hear each other and will help prevent mic feedback. Many headphones have built in mics that are great for video calls.
  • Do not talk over each other: Lag can make asking questions out loud difficult. Instead, try raising your hand or send a text chat. Use “thumbs-up/thumbs-down” when able.
  • Video freezing? Try turning off video and switching to audio! You may have bad internet connection. Try turning off your video or using an ethernet connection, especially with bigger group calls.
  • Be a good host: Not everyone will follow the rules. Hosts have the ability to mute others, stop them from sharing screens or remove them from calls.

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Finding Work-Life Balance During Home Office

Working from home can challenge boundaries. Therefore it is important to maintain work-life balance. Here are some tips from Forbes about achieving successful work-life balance:

  • Carve out a working space
  • Set working hours
  • Take a lunch break
  • Avoid multi-tasking
  • Put your work away at the end of the day