The meeting starts now


As we proceed to Work From Home, one query has us divided. Should we hold the video on or off throughout conferences?

An excellent factor (inappropriate because it sounds) that got here out of the pandemic is the pink slash on the video icon on video meeting apps. The reply to this query primarily depends upon your boss — most are cool with it, whereas some want to ‘see’ the headcount. But for folks dwelling with households, video off is a God-send. Perfect for these instances of existential angst, Shakespearean even: ‘You are there but not there’. Welcome to shy/anti-social individual paradise.

A fly-on-the-wall meets ‘Invisible Man’ right here — the sensation of being omnipresent is empowering. It is like watching your individual, private collection — in spite of everything, this is a recurring incidence. Since ‘speak only when spoken to’ is a part of the etiquette, please listen as you snack out of a bag of chips, popcorn and even cornflake (relying on how well-stocked you might be) or that query would possibly choke you, actually.

A nasty hair day or a nasty temper day, really feel like a shower or not day — who cares! It is a method to reside all these pandemic-related WFH tropes with no make-up, messy hair, and pyjamas. That factor about feeling good seeing different folks’s faces throughout this isolation? You are doing that, solely higher, with out displaying yours. Plus in case you have the type of face that expresses each thought — particularly unpleasant ones — that is for you.

The better part is you don’t have to search out an Instagram-worthy backdrop — a neatly organized bookshelf or the wall with the assertion piece of artwork or strategically positioned succulents or all of those. An ideal world exists.

-Shilpa Nair Anand is considering a change of color for the ‘video off’ display, maybe a sober, fluorescent shade of pink.

Okay, you could have simply purchased that obscenely costly lip color you could have been lusting after for months. Then lockdown is asserted.

Which means, you aren’t solely unable to point out it off to your colleagues or buddies, it dawns on you that you simply can not even flaunt it on grocery runs, except your masks is clear. So, the lipstick stays on the make-up counter, untouched, with its wrapper nonetheless on.

But then, there are the video calls the place you possibly can showcase your prized possession to the world. With the digital camera on, even when nobody else notices, no less than you possibly can have a look at your self and be ok with your purchase. You can even examine in case your hair seems okay, and what angle of your face will yield essentially the most flattering selfie.

Agreed, you might not all the time be in the most effective of moods, and there could also be days while you need to shut off the world, however largely, you don’t have the luxurious to try this.

Research means that face-to-face interactions with different human beings are important for psychological well-being. Also, seeing folks’s facial expressions is so a lot better than imagining what their faces could also be trying like. Studies additionally recommend there’s a greater probability of paying consideration if you find yourself folks’s faces as they converse.

By now, plenty of us doing video calls should know what our colleagues’ “meeting” rooms appear to be. Their bookshelves, the color of their partitions, the furnishings, and even their ceiling followers. Feels good to be so acquainted, doesn’t it?

-Anasuya Menon is on a quest to discover a good patch of wall, which doesn’t have crayon inscriptions, earlier than her subsequent video name.

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