{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "Do you keep your camera on or off for Zoom meetings, when you have the choice?", "post_id": "602e9c7029bfcc00216b7def", "reply_count": 67, "vote_count": 9, "bowl_id": "55375ce690f5eebe1d2a0f88", "bowl_name": "Tech" }

Do you keep your camera on or off for Zoom meetings, when you have the choice?

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at
Highlighted IconHIGHLIGHTED

Probably 70% on. 100% on for 1:1 and smaller meetings. For medium sized meetings I usually leave it on although it’s interesting that in product most people turn cameras on but on the engineering side most seem to not turn on so I follow that too. Personally I find that being on camera all the time can be draining (maybe I’m just self conscious) so I think it’s healthy to have off some of the times to combat zoom fatigue. Particularly in larger groups where you are just listening anyways. (And if I end up having a lot to say in those meetings, I’ll turn my camera on) Anyone else get that feeling that camera on increases zoom fatigue?

like

Doesn’t people see you in real meetings? So what’s self conscious about seeing you on video?

For me, it really depends on who I’m meeting with. If it’s a one on one, I keep it on. If it’s for standup, I usually keep it off cause it’s just quick status updates. If it’s a meeting that involves people from other departments that I don’t work closely with or don’t know well, I usually keep it on. And if it’s with people I’ve worked closely with and know well, I will often turn it off because I find myself actually being distracted because I just don’t like being on camera in general and I know the people in the meeting are not offended or misinterpreting anything by me not having my camera on. Now, if I’m the only one without my camera on, I will usually turn it on. If I’m presenting, camera is on. So basically it just boils down to the context of the meeting and the people in the meeting. It’s really a judgement call you kind of have to make for yourself.

like
Recent IconRecent

On if I look decent, off if I have “bandwidth issues”

likefunnyhelpful

Almost always on unless eating during a meeting. I personally find it disrespectful for people to always have theirs off. I don’t care what you look like, but have the decency to show you’re paying attention and not doing something else

like

I never have my camera on, normally because I'm doing something else and not really interested in whatever bs meeting is going on

Always off. I just don't care anymore

like

On pretty much all the time, have gotten to the point where I don’t care how I look anymore lol

like

On all the time but I’m in sales. It blows

like

Always off, most of my coworkers leave it off too

like

Off. Dont want to scare my coworkers 🤪

likefunny

My boss requires that I have it on for all meetings. I think it helps to keep a more professional appearance and to have “face time” with higher ups but I turn it off for large company meetings where I won’t be noticed for having my camera off. .

like

I turn the camera off no matter what. I turn it off for me and I minimize / turn of off for everyone else. If they choose to enable their camera, I make sure to disable it.

likefunny

I definitely do this for recorded meetings. The cams and profile pics becoming distracting (at least on Zoom)

like

Always on unless there's a reason I can't. It's the only human connection I get to have with my co-workers, but more importantly I have an expressive face and I like to talk with my hands. I never feel like my meaning comes across if you can't see me.

like

On during sales calls because I want my prospects to have it on as well so I can gauge reactions throughout demos or calls with them. Also on for smaller internal meetings like 1 on 1’s or stand up’s. Almost always off for all company when not presenting or speaking.

likesmart

I go on if it’s a small group and I’m central to the meeting. If it’s a big meeting with lots of people and I’m mostly listening in, I go off. Even before the pandemic I was wfh most days, and during pre-pandemic times no one would have video on. Now it seems like every meeting has video, even previous standing calls that used to just be a phone call.

like

Off If I can.

like

No one else on my team turns on their video. Hence, I end of switching mine off at some point. I personally like seeing people and keep my video on as much as I can.

like

On. It allows me to continue to create a connection and focus on the conversation.

like

I turn of my camera 90% of the time (unless it is presentation and there are more than 20 ppl in the meeting). I like being able to see people’s expressions and presence during meetings so it seems fair for me to do the same. That being said, it does get exhausting on meeting heavy days.

like

I like to be on screen at least to start. I hope it helps others to see I am a human and we can make more of a connection. It also makes me focus more on the call at hand rather than get (visibly) distracted.

uplifting

Off

like

On most of the time. I noticed that I like when other people have theirs on - feeling more connected, so I try to keep mine on too. We've been WFH for too long. There are people who joined the team in the meantime. So, imagine if they always turn off the camera (if that's the culture), then we'll feel very much disconnected.

like

My company was not very accommodating to work from home prior to Covid. When we all started working from home, my boss made the astute suggestion that we all make a commitment to having our camera on as much as possible. He felt that that would improve the experience for everybody and potential he change the perspective on work from home after Covid. I thought that was a great idea and usually have my camera on as a result. I do turn it off sometimes in large meetings when I’m just listening.

like

Related Posts

Are Zoom's privacy issues a threat to their growth or market performance? I think they could easily get this out of headlines, most people are too busy worrying about 'rona to push on this

like

Using work laptop zoom to do a job interview. Yay or nay?

likehelpful

Y’all are turning on ring lights for work zoom calls?? 😳

like

Had no problem speaking in meetings in person. Can’t seem to get a word in edgewise on Zoom. Any advice?

like

What are some fun activities you are using on WebEx|Zoom|Flipgrid to engage your students and maintain your classroom community? TIA!

like

This is random, but does anyone know if it causes a problem if I (an attorney) sit in with my dad for jury selection? They want to select via zoom and my dad is not familiar with the app (retired doc in his 70s), so he asked the clerk (I imagine it’s the clerk) if I could sit in with him. Clerk thought it would be okay, but would have to ask judge. Does anyone have familiarity with this? I’m a Corp attorney barred in another state and have done jury duty before, so I imagine no issues…

like

Does anybody else intentionally join zoom calls one minute late to avoid all the awkward pre-meeting small talk? Or just me?

likefunnysmart

Being the only one online on my Skype contact list today 😭

like

My 2nd grader & 24 of his classmates behave and communicate better on their daily zoom call.

likefunny

Been reading articles on how to improve your look on Zoom calls and some say using virtual backgrounds lower your executive presence. Do you agree? And let’s assume you’re not using an Office Space background.

likefunny

Seeing some people just roll out the bed and show up on zoom meetings. I think this will come in handy to remind them to shower and change, ‘hopefully’? 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Post Photo
likefunnyhelpful

Why does every alum group I've been on suddenly insist doing a "zoom catch up"? And subsequently posting it on Instagram. Why?

like

Acn people: can anyone not sign into skype for business on their laptop?

like

Do Feds really not know we can see their Skype status that they have been away from their computer for 8 hrs on their telework day?

likefunny

Nothing like logging off a 7pm Zoom call real quick with partners to light Hanukkah candles before sitting back down to continue your 12+ hour day.

like

Just got the axe, it’s weirdly nice to be laid off via Zoom and not walk the plank to HR and have everyone see me publicly crying. Time to crack a beer for sure.

likesmarthelpful

Day 1 at new company (FAANG), most folks signed off Slack prior to 6pm, is this a good sign that WLB might be ok?

like

I wonder how this crisis will affect childhood development. Socialization over zoom is just not how humans are made

like

Additional Posts

Looking to join the technology practice (SAP) of a Big 4 as a Senior Manager -4th year. What is a good range to ask for?

like

All, this is my first post and I just want to share that I passed the first Amazon interview for Technical Program Manager and am heading to on-site virtual interviews! I have 20 years of corporate tech in a traditional F500 company (top 50). The only thing I can say that I like about my current job is the work-life balance and some of the people. But the work itself is soul crushing and the industry is stagnant. To those who are 40+ years old, is it crazy to change now?

likehelpful

Would love suggestions for a holiday gift to our infant daycare center. Thanks!

like

Anyone have their HBS interview yet? How did it go?

like

Hello everyone, I am currently a HR Generalist for a small aerospace company, located in CA. I have been in a generalist role for a little over 4 years now and before that, I did recruiting/safety for about 3 years. I am now looking into getting my HR Certification, but am stuck in between the PHR-CA or the SHRM-CP. Does anyone have any recommendations they can give me?

like

Considering moving to San Diego. What are good neighborhoods to consider? 28F, single, not sure exactly what reasonable rent is there but currently paying $1,900 for a 1bed. Looking for someplace with a younger vibe, restaurants/coffee shops/breweries

like

How strict is ORD with flying out with meals? I like to meal prep and am thinking about taking some with me for the week.

I’m on a long term freelance assignment, billing on a day rate. Since I am booked for this agency, I’d like to bill for their staff holidays (Memorial Day, etc). What’s the norm?

like

Hi friends - looking for info on Deloitte Specialist Leader role - can anybody give me insight into work life balance (e.g. how crazy does it get with offshore teams) and what does the culture and growth look like? Any other advice that will help me evaluate this opportunity is appreciated!

like

Has anyone hired a headhunter who has successfully landed them an interview/job? Looking to move from tech to management consulting and considering this as an option.

like

What are some questions I can ask an Exc. Director of Fin Svcs during final round interview?

like

Twitter allowing all employees to work from home indefinitely. Post-COVID, if companies allow more ppl to WFH, is there any reason for client travel anymore? Clients wont be in the office anyways.

like

Have an interview coming up for a Product Manager role at a startup and want to get more familiar with the product. Their product/website isn’t for all consumers and requires special information to sign up that I don’t have because I’m not the intended audience for the site. Any suggestions on how to get around this? I might be able to fake my way in and provide junk data but don’t know if that looks bad since my interviewers will know I did it to check out their site.

like

Are Zoom's privacy issues a threat to their growth or market performance? I think they could easily get this out of headlines, most people are too busy worrying about 'rona to push on this

like

First time dad, getting ready to return to work after being out on paternity leave for ~5mths (mix of leave and vacation). Any advice on getting back into pre-baby productivity and efficiency? I’ve been out so long and Covid has changed so many things now, I feel like a new joiner having to adapt to a new WFH world. Thanks for any tips!

like

Anyone here have past sabbatical stories? Or simply experience quitting your job to travel / volunteer? Brainstorming for post covid... 😄

like

2YoE at Tier 2 FS practice, considering a switch to commercial law. Any thoughts on the long-term TC trajectory at MBB/Tier 2 consulting vs Magic circle law? Also on the stability of the respective careers? I have this perception that even if I don’t survive Commercial law, at least I can move to Swindon or Milton Keynes and retrain as a high street solicitor doing divorce filings making £50k for the rest of my career. Exit opportunity for consultants seems to be pretty bleak in UK.

like
like

Who here is following Disha Ravi’s case? Is our union that fragile that this insecure govt can’t tolerate a small time activist to charge her with sedition? Picked up from Blru and taken to Delhi without following protocol? What a bunch of effing clowns in power? Is this what this PM and his 56 inch chest stand for?

like

When did you feel like you were successful? People around me think it’s impressive that I work at Deloitte; however, I’m miserable and hate the work I’m doing. Just accepted another job that others would deem a dream company and salary but I’m just afraid of being miserable there too. I just don’t feel like I’m good enough, will be happy, or be in a position where I feel like I’m successful as others.

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

{ "isSet": true, "allowed": true }

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal