The Art of Camera Use in Remote Meetings

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In the era of remote work, the camera has become our best friend and worst enemy. At Opreto, we’ve discovered how to tap into its power without succumbing to energy drain. It’s not about being “on” all the time, but rather being “on” when it truly matters. Take, for example, our interactions with clients during standard agile ceremonies or other meetings. In these instances, our commitment to camera time is unwavering – a total 100% engagement. Our promise is to provide a professional, fully present service.

However, things take a different turn internally. A full day with the camera rolling can be like running a marathon, eventually leading to “Zoom fatigue.” Being perpetually “on” can damper our energy levels and productivity. Here, we kick back a bit. Camera use isn’t merely an on-off switch. It’s more of a dial, adjusting with the intensity of the meeting at hand.

Think of a casual discussion around new features or bugs. Seeing our team’s reactions can be valuable. Facial expressions signal agreement or confusion, enhancing our communication and mutual understanding. Visual cues strengthen our communication, helping us understand and respond better.

In these sessions, camera use is encouraged. It supports the ebb and flow of ideas. It keeps us engaged. It helps us read between the lines. However, it’s not an ironclad rule. Need a camera break? Go for it. Just stay tuned in.

Now, imagine a pairing session. Here, our focus is laser-like. We’re deep in code, working with precision. Our primary form of communication? The code itself and the driver-navigator verbal exchanges around it. Visual interaction takes a back seat.

In these sessions, camera use is optional. It’s less about seeing and more about doing. We’re glued to the code, not to each other’s faces. The quality of our work is independent of our camera status. It’s all about our expertise and collaboration.

So, what’s the bottom line? Camera use is a tool, not a rule. It enhances our work, but it’s not always necessary. It depends on the context.

When we’re with clients, we show up fully. We’re on camera, actively participating. It’s about being present and professional. It’s about building rapport and trust.

Internally, we adjust as needed. In discussions, we use the camera for better interaction. In work-intensive sessions, we let the work speak. It’s about being flexible and effective. It’s about balancing our energy and productivity.

In a nutshell, the proper camera use is adaptable. It scales with the meeting’s intensity. It supports our work without draining us. It’s a balance of connection and comfort, professionalism and productivity.

It’s about being “on” when it counts. So, switch on that camera when needed, and switch it off when you need a breather. Stay flexible, stay productive, and keep doing great work. That’s the Opreto way.