Would You Take a Video Call in the Bathroom?

by Miranda Barrett on September 19, 2012 · 0 comments

in ScanSource Catalyst,Technology,Videoconferencing


According to a survey conducted by Radvision, an Avaya company, there are people out there that would!  Umm, okay…I find this very strange and not sure why anyone would think that is okay.  Which begs the question, what is proper video conference etiquette?  You would think that common sense would provide you enough guidelines for this newer form of collaboration, but two of the results are surprising:

  • More than 10 percent of employed adults indicate that the bathroom is not off-limits for holding a work-related video call.
  • Workplace video calls held by a swimming pool are not considered off-limits by 35 percent of adults.

A swimming pool?  Are you in your swimsuit too?  And is there a new iPad accessory that attaches to your float that I don’t know about?

Since businesses are starting to deploy video to communicate with their employees and clients more than ever these days, proper etiquette is evolving…and apparently very slowly!  I believe your video calls should be handled just like your normal meetings.  You wouldn’t meet live with your best customer at the urinals, so the same logic should hold true for video.  Hopefully in the near future, these surveyed “adults” will mature into a more appropriate video call custom than their current one!

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Miranda Barrett is Product Manager for Catalyst Telecom in Greenville, SC. Miranda has over 6 years of experience in B2B marketing in Telecommunications Distribution. She is a contributor to The Source on Avaya Unified Communications, Contact Center, and Audio and Video Conferencing.

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