In case you have just started working remotely, you might still not be aware of the rules of etiquette existing for online conversations with your co-workers and your employer. Actually, it is not obvious to many people who repeat the same mistakes. While some of these mistakes just show other people your ignorant attitude to work, others can make work on the shared project rather complicated.
In order to go through group calls and conferences successfully, it is recommended to keep in mind the following recommendations.
Organise a space for group calls
Certainly, it might be a real challenge to some people especially the ones who have little children at home. It might not understandable at all how they are supposed to work in the first place let along having group conversations online.
Still, you should make your best to find a place at home where you can hide from everyone at least for the moment of a conversation even if it means locking yourself in the toilet. In order to be able to move around like that during your working hours, it is better to use a portable device for conversations whether it is a laptop computer or a smartphone. In addition to it, you should think of having access to some material which might be useful during your discussions. It will be very useful to keep them at hand.
Be careful about the technical issues
Undeniably, you cannot guarantee anyone your equipment will always work properly during group calls and your Internet connection will be rapid. Various things can happen and it is impossible to protect oneself from everything.
Even though anyone who is using a computer understands such things, it is still obvious that you can fix some problems if it is apparent there is something wrong with the devices you are using or your Internet is not being enough for your work.
It will be rather difficult for your to participate in conversations in a proper way if your work is not supported technologically in the way it is supposed to be supported. Certainly, before the pandemic it had been the responsibility of an employer to organise such things, yet, now, there might be no sense in waiting for your boss solve your technical issues no matter how unfair it might seem to you.
Do not disturb the conversation flow with various noises
Another crucial thing you should keep in mind about group calls is the fact it is rather difficult to speak to someone when there are various sounds coming from each and every employee present on the call.
Of course, many people are not doing such things on purpose. They are just unaware others can hear the sounds of their washing machine working or the background music they are listening to at the moment. Even the construction works outside can spread to your conversation.
In order to avoid such situations, it will be enough just to turn your microphone off whenever you are not speaking. This will allow people to talk in a way effective manner.
Do not get distracted during the call
While some people are just generally not careful about their conversations with other people being prone to getting distracted, others can do it unintentionally. indeed, while you are speaking to someone physically or at least have a video call, you have an internal feeling of being observed by another person which does not make it possible for your to relax too much and start looking at something online while listening to the conversation.
Certainly, it is a way more challenging for audio calls especially when they are made by a group and you do not have anything to say. It is highly important to stay alert and focused on the conversation as you can easily miss crucial information which you yourself will need for your work. Even if there is nothing important for you in such a call, others can still understand you are not listening to them for example if they refer to you and you ignore them or they will hear you typing something while they are speaking.