A new study by join.me, the popular online meeting tool, unveils more than 2 in 5 UK businesses regularly encounter awkward moments and other non-technical disruptions in online meetings. Exposing the behaviours and experiences of the rapidly growing number of people meeting via video around the world, survey respondents were sourced from North America, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. Questions covered usage patterns, direct experiences and opinions on best and worst practices. Findings ranged from the mundane to the just plain weird.
In terms of global usage, 76% of working people have participated in a business-related video conference over the past six months, with 82% of working people using video conferences to communicate with colleagues, 39% with prospects and 34% with board members. However, according to the research, some surprisingly basic human taboos, now almost extinct in the office, are now rife in the digital meeting space, including:
1. Dress The Part
12% of Britons admitted to attending a video conference with a professional top and pyjama pants. And 17% of people worldwide report seeing someone dressed inappropriately.
2. Stay Out Of Bed
More than 5% have actually seen someone taking a video conference from their bed, though 36% admit to finding a place in the house that makes you look more professional in prep for your video conference.
3. Don’t Use Video As A Mirror
14% have seen someone using the video camera as a mirror to fix their hair, makeup and appearance. Interestingly, 1 in 5 Britons admit to applying make-up before getting on a video conference, whereas Germans and Kiwis tend to go natural with only 13% and 12%, respectively admitting to the same thing.
4. Stay Out Of The Bathroom
16% of people surveyed voted this was the WORST thing someone could do on-screen – and horrifyingly enough, 3% have ACTUALLY seen someone taking a VC from their WC.
5. Don’t Pick Your Nose, Don’t Pick Anything
1 in 10 people have seen someone pick their nose on-screen during a video conference.
6. No Pets
16% of people have seen an attendees pet make an unexpected cameo.
7. No Strange Sounds
Yes, 8% people reported to have heard awkward and inappropriate bodily noises on a video conference.