The perks of working remotely during the pandemic included online meetings which you could attend from the comfort of your bed.
Starting the workday in PJ’s, with the option to mute yourself in meetings while shouting at the kids to behave was a gamechanger for the regular business day.
With most companies returning to business as usual and meetings resuming in boardrooms once again, it takes some getting used to.
Meetings held in person requires a dedicated level of concentration and focus, something you could get away with in the virtual conference room.
Kaya Drive with Sizwe Dhlomo wanted to know if you pay attention during meetings and/or how you handle people who are distracted in meetings/conversations. Which got us thinking about the perks of online meetings.
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Here are 5 advantages of online meetings:
Business on top, comfort at the bottom
Let’s be honest, not being required to dress for the office had to have been one of the biggest perks of remote working during COVID-19. If we were required to switch our cameras on then it was just a matter of looking presentable from head to shoulders. It was the stuff dreams were made of.
2. Mute yourself
If only we could mute ourselves throughout a regular office day. The mute functionality in online meetings are not only convenient but it helps meetings run smoother with fewer interruptions than in face-to-face meetings.
3. Online meetings are punctual
Online meetings are more likely to start and end on time than meetings you have to physically attend. Because you can log in from anywhere in the world, daily interferences such as traffic or excuses like “I’m running late,” did not apply.
4. Multitasking made easy
The pandemic pushed people out of their comfort zones. For parents who were working from home while homeschooling their kids, online meetings were a saving grace. It meant multitasking and taking a meeting while parenting or cooking.
5. Scrolling through your phone during a meeting went unnoticed
Something you can’t do in regular meetings because it comes across as rude and that you’re not paying attention. Online meetings gave us many perks which included browsing social media while a presentation was taking place or eating throughout the meeting without anyone hearing you chew.
SIGH. Withdrawal symptoms from online meetings are real. What do you miss about online meetings? Share with us by tweeting @Kayaon959 using the hashtag #KayaDrive