Should employees have to turn on their video camera for zoom meetings?

Should employees have to turn on their video camera for zoom meetings?

This is thoughtful for folks that have chosen distributed work and where encouraging video can help teams feel connected. But recognize it is different for those that did not plan to work from home. Given these circumstances, there are times when someone does not want to be on video. They haven’t necessarily thought to invite us into their home. Being not ready for the camera should be expected and is perfectly ok. Likewise comments about video quality, lighting, etc is something to keep to ourselves. Sue has a ring light and a nice webcam, great. Sean doesn’t, that’s great too. I am almost always on camera by my own choice. Often I’m the only one. I don’t mind at all. I would like to see more profile pictures so I am not looking at initials all day, but also understand that has its own issues.

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This is thoughtful for folks that have chosen distributed work and where encouraging video can help teams feel connected. But recognize it is different for those that did not plan to work from home. Given these circumstances, there are times when someone does not want to be on video. They haven’t necessarily thought to invite us into their home. Being not ready for the camera should be expected and is perfectly ok. Likewise comments about video quality, lighting, etc is something to keep to ourselves. Sue has a ring light and a nice webcam, great. Sean doesn’t, that’s great too. I am almost always on camera by my own choice. Often I’m the only one. I don’t mind at all. I would like to see more profile pictures so I am not looking at initials all day, but also understand that has its own issues.
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