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How to Have a Proper Video Call

While organizations are starting to get back to normal, employees still would like the option of working from home. Therefore, the use of video calls is still necessary. Working remotely will continue to be a popular option due to its convenience, cost-effectiveness and ability to prevent the spread of illnesses. However, it’s important to be aware of proper video call etiquette to help employees stay professional, focused and productive.

Use the following best practices for effective virtual meetings:

  • Stay muted when not speaking. – A microphone can pick up all sorts of background noise, like typing, dogs barking or other activities. It’s best to stay muted until it is time to talk.
  • Show up on time. – Logging in on time is just as important as arriving at a meeting on time. Be prepared and ready for the meeting to start at its scheduled time, and most of all, pay attention. It can be obvious when a meeting attendee is looking elsewhere or, worse, at their phone.
  • Test technology. – When hosting a meeting, it’s important to do a test run to ensure that everything is working appropriately. Double-check that the camera, microphone and any additional resources are working so that the meeting can run seamlessly. It is also necessary to make sure attendees have all the appropriate login information, as organizations use various virtual meeting platforms.
  • Look professional. – It can be tempting to roll out of bed and log in, but a meeting is still an important business interaction, whether it is with a client or a co-worker. Get dressed as if the meeting is in person, frame the camera so there aren’t background distractions, and make sure there is good lighting.

Professionalism should still be at the top of the list of priorities for any organization, and video call etiquette is a huge part of that. It might even be the difference that lands a business its next client over a competitor.

For more information on post-pandemic work etiquette, contact The Hull Group today.

How to Become a More Diverse Workplace

Diversity is a crucial driver of innovation and is a critical component of being successful globally. According to Forbes, a diverse set of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds is crucial for creativity and the development of new ideas.

The following tips can help a workplace succeed in becoming more diverse:

  • Recognize the impact of diversity. – Organizations that value diversity often have more significant market shares and better insights into their consumer base.
  • Be flexible. – More companies are offering remote and hybrid employment options; the hiring field has expanded exponentially. This flexibility gives more people the opportunity to enter the workforce and can expand the talent pool for an employer. It also allows employees to stay committed to other responsibilities, such as dropping children off at school or daycare, or taking a family member to a doctor’s appointment.
  • Expand hiring efforts. – Business owners and recruiters can aim for a diverse pool of applicants by posting job listings in a large variety of locations.
  • Adjust training tools. – Make sure all training materials are as helpful as possible to all hires, no matter their background. For example, new Canadians who are less fluent in English or French may need specially adapted training materials. Including diversity and inclusion training for current and new employees can also help ensure that everyone feels welcome.

Supporting diversity in the workforce post-pandemic can significantly impact the well-being of both the employees and the organization as a whole. For more information, contact The Hull Group today.