I work at a startup — our CEO has requested we have our video on during every call. I have a 5-6 calls a day. I think this is ridiculous. I will be leaving in the next 2-3 months. Is there a politically correct way to say this is too much? I have zoom fatigue and these demands are an example of how I’m working for a dictator and why I need out.

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Asking me to be visible for 5-6 meetings? OMFG CEO you are clearly the devil. Oh you precious thing you. Imagine how horrible it will be when you have to dress up, like EVERY day, and commute to an office. And literally have people see you for 8+ hours straight. Obnoxious. It’s simply medieval.

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SC1 agree 100%. Two different points.

To give you a little perspective , that has been the norm for all of the clients I have served during COVID. Wasn’t a fan at first, but soon you notice when you get on calls that don’t have video, they feel a little more disconnected.

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Grow up I’m on meetings all day with the video on it’s the new norm

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What’s the difference between someone watching you continuously while you are at home and in the same room with them? The whole point of wfh is to maximize the in-person experience

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Wear a banana costume for the last two months of work.

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I was about to say, dress and wear makeup like a 🤡

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Man, everyone’s super salty about this. I get it OP. I don’t mind dressing up and going to the office. I signed up for that. I HATE video calls. I didn’t sign up to inviting my coworkers and clients into my home every day.

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Why do you want to see me if I don’t want to see you?

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Work life balance is dead, thanks to video. Remember when we could go do errands on Fridays and still get our calls in, even if they were from the parking lot of the grocery store. Now video and constantly having screen sharing going are a subtle, passive agressive way to ensure we're at our laptops. 🤦‍♂️

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Try turning on to say hello at the beginning but disclose you have some distractions in the background that you don’t want to subject the others to and will be turning off camera

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Request <> demand. See if it is actually enforced since I doubt your CEO is on all of them.

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Or you can refuse to do things and be respected for your convictions and healthy boundary setting

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I agree... I like to pace during certain calls or just 1 on 1s but no longer can.

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This. I love to pace. Doing it in love meetings is annoying (I’ve tried). So this was one of the few benefits of a call - now I’m supposed to sit still for an hour even if I’m not actually presenting.

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Yeah keep it off when you need and if anyone says anything share th article (hbr maybe?) about what requiring this is problematic.

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Just get some huge BLM posters and put them in your background. Or MAGA- whichever is more likely to offend their sensibilities

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I don’t see the problem with his request. Developing interpersonal bonds when working remotely is hard enough, doing that completely devoid of non-verbal cues would be even harder. I honestly think this won’t be enforced on 100% of calls, 100% of the time, but I think he’s saying this to establish a norm, which is a totally valid request in this day and age. I don’t think this makes him a dictator, unless he is firing people for non-compliance. That might be a little extreme.

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I also work at a start up if that helps

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Yeah, I wanted to work in my underwear or work from my toilet. Now, I can’t. 😓

You still can? Donald duck it + zoom background and you are good

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