The onset of cold weather can also bring on cold of a different kind. If you’re feeling sniffly, a bit warm, or achey it’s a good idea to keep your cold to yourself. Sometimes, though, we feel a bit under the weather, but still well enough to work. In these instances it can feel like we’re stuck in a bit of a limbo: do I go in to work? Or do I stay home and have a sick day? If your company has adopted video teleconferencing you can have a bit of both. Grab yourself a cup of hot tea, a warm blanket and learn about how to set up an environment at home which will ensure great VTC interactions.
- What you wear:
It’s perfectly okay to wrap your lower half in a blanket, even keep on your pajama bottoms! Wear a nice sweater (or even a coat). But don’t be tempted to wear anything with stripes on it. This will not be picked up well on camera and causes a sort of ‘rippling’ effect for the person on the other side of your conference.
- What’s around you:
Keep clutter away, don’t sit in front of a window with bright light, and any moving objects (like chimes in the wind, roads, or especially fidgety trees) ought to be kept out of the frame. The fewer things there are that move, the planer your background, the less bandwidth your connection will need to use. This ensures a smooth video transaction. The best idea is to sit in front of a plane wall.
- What’s the lighting like:
I know, it can be tempting to shutter all of the windows and turn down all of the lights when we’re sick. But when it comes to successful video teleconferencing you’re going to want a few lights around. The best set up would be two lights in the front of you, off to the side, in order to illuminate your face without causing harsh shadows, and a light above you.
With these tips you’ll have no problem setting up a temporary vtc home office to work out of when feeling a little under the weather. After all, germs are not for sharing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bit of work done if you’d like.