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Happy Wednesday Everyone!
If you have never heard Atlassian's podcast Work Check, you need to go check it out. Season 3 kicked off yesterday and they have started with a great debate!
Should you turn your camera on in video calls? Now, before everyone starts jumping in to answer there were some starting assumptions that really helped change my own answer from "it depends" to a definite for one side of the debate.
"by default, we're talking about team norms, not a policy or a company mandate. And let's go ahead and exclude any meeting over 50 people. We're talking about meetings where there's an assumption that you'll be participating, like actively."
Personally, if I'm the one running the meeting, or I'm an active participant, I like having my camera turned on. I have a greenscreen behind me at all times, and I love using different backgrounds (including video ones) which work well as either an ice breaker for people to have something to talk about as we wait for people to join the meeting.
I work on a 100% remote team and part of our morning standup (the end of it) is let as an optional time for people to chat about anything and everything. Being able to see everyone is really important for helping to build those personal connections with others.
In addition, on the counter side against videos being on, I disagree with the idea that "being on video" is stressful. In some of my spare time, I'm a hobbyist Twitch streamer where I will be "on camera" for hours at a time (for charity up to 24 hours at a time).
Anyway, you have all heard me ramble on about my thoughts and opinions about this topic, but I would love to hear your opinions. Go check out the episode and let me know which debater swayed you to their side.
Let me know in the comments below.
Have a great rest of the week!