What Remote Workers Are Saying in Their Meetings.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way Americans work and live. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 3.4 percent of the population, or 7 million people, were working remotely in the U.S. Over the last six months, those numbers have grown exponentially, with experts reporting 31 percent of workers switched to working from home by early April 2020. Furthermore, they are predicting that 25-30 percent of the workforce will continue to work remotely by the end of 2021.

With more and more people embracing the remote work culture, it should come as no surprise that video conferencing, virtual meetings, and online happy hours are more popular than ever. However, unique situations come with this new way of living. Not only do you have a lot of different choices when it comes to what platform you use for online meetings, but there’s an added challenge of banking on tech to communicate.

Houston, We Have a Problem

For employers and employees to stay connected and make working from home a success, they need to understand one another and ensure communication lines are open. When relying on technology and the internet, this is often easier said than done.

Let’s have a little fun and look at some of the most commonly used phrases when working remotely:

  • Hello? Hello?

  • Can you hear me now?

  • I’m in the meeting, are you here?

  • I can hear you – can’t see you though!

  • I think you’re on mute?

  • What was that?

  • You’re cutting out!

  • I can’t hear you over the dog. He’s so cute though!

  • I’ve lost you! Shall we can out of this meeting and start a new one?

  • What’s that in the background?

In a recent survey, more than half of all employees (52 percent) said their employer should upgrade and invest in better technology. Although a faster connection and better video conferencing platform will help, chances are you may still find yourself giving a presentation entirely on mute – it happens! Slow down, take your time, and practice patience, both with yourself and those on the other end of the meeting.

Be Patient and Avoid Burnout

We know many workers are grappling with remote work burnout from the “always-on” culture that is so centered around our digital devices. To be part of a larger remote workforce and stay connected to your team, wherever you are, it helps to understand some of the most common hurdles you may be faced with. Once you have the lingo down, you will be ready for a successful online meeting or one-on-one with your team. Curious about the benefits of choosing Vai for all your video conferencing, VoIP Phone, and online meeting needs? Give us a call today!