Remote Meetings and Professionalism CAN Go Together
COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of society it seems, and the working world is acutely aware of this, as many employees have been appointed to working from home for the foreseeable future. While telework has many benefits (no commute, access to your home’s amenities during the day, and comfort), there are also aspects of your workday that can be complicated when working remotely. Here at Carroll Marshall Insurance, meetings are the primary issue we’ve had to overcome, as we are used to meeting with our clients face to face in the office, but thanks to the many virtual options available today, we are still able to “meet” with you via phone or online platform. Think this is wonderful news for us because we miss interacting with our clients each day, and as we all learn how to navigate this digital “socializing” together, we’ve picked up a few tips we’d like to share:
With such a wide variety of virtual meeting platforms available now, it’s almost absolute that at least a few will be “bad apples” and have issues like information and data leaks, lack of end-to-end encryption, and so forth. Be sure to thoroughly research your chosen platform. If your employer requires you to use a specific platform, be mindful of the level of security and respond in kind, so you can best protect yourself and your information.
How you present yourself matters. Take the time to get dressed and make yourself look professional. Showing up to a meeting in your pajamas and generally appearing unkempt is never a good idea. It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings and do your best to display a generic background. Having your spouse cooking dinner behind you, or meeting on your patio where a neighbor is easily seen taking care of yard maintenance in the screenshot with you is not the most professional way to engage in a meeting and won’t help maintain the air of a business environment. Remember, the goal is to keep as many aspects of meeting with our clients “normal” as possible, and both parties making an effort to prioritize professionalism is a big help!
Limit Distractions As Much As Possible
Try to keep your time on screen free of as many distractions as possible. We understand that life is happening around you, and the occasional interruption of a child crying or a dog barking is going to be the norm now…but constant noise and disruption not only makes it difficult for you to focus, but can be frustrating for others on the call as well, as you’ll appear disengaged or not fully present. You don’t necessarily need a home office to retreat to, but try to find a quiet space like a bedroom, dining area, or any other place that allows you to keep others out and the noise level to a minimum.
Carroll Marshall Insurance is still here and still working hard to provide our clients, both long-time and new, with the best possible rates and coverage in Florida. For home, health, auto, business, and more, we are your local resource for quality insurance at affordable prices. Give us a call to schedule a meeting and we’ll look forward to “seeing” you soon!