Should turning on cameras and microphones in meetings be mandatory?

Leaders could be doing better job with remote employees, says survey

Should turning on cameras and microphones in meetings be mandatory?

Employers are putting a premium on commitment in the remote world so workers should turn on their cameras.

That’s according to a survey that found 92 per cent of executives in the U.S. think workers who are frequently on mute or don’t turn on their camera during virtual meetings probably don’t have a long-term future at their company.

Employers also have certain opinions about performance: 93 per cent say they are generally less engaged in their work overall, and about two in five believe that workers who are on mute or off-camera entirely are browsing the internet or social media (43 per cent), or texting or chatting (40 per cent).

People are feeling more detached amid the pandemic, according to a report released in September.

And business leaders’ level of trust in their workers is dropping. Executives estimate they completely trust an average of 61 per cent of their staff to be able to work remotely, down from 66 per cent in 2021, according to Vyopta. Those that say they trust 75 per cent to 100 per cent of their staff to work remotely dropped more dramatically, from 46 per cent in 2021 to just 30 per cent in 2022.

Fault of management?

However, many executives admit their company is not doing a good job of facilitating engagement, found Vyopta’s survey of 200 U.S. executives in March.

In fact, nearly half of U.S. executives (46 per cent) say they are not providing the tools to allow their workers to be as committed as their in-person counterparts.

Nearly half (49 per cent) believe that C-level executives bear the greatest responsibility for increasing employee engagement.

There seems to be a disconnect between workers’ and leaders’ perception of senior leadership in the hybrid model, according to another survey.

Plethora of meetings

All companies (100 per cent) have taken steps to encourage greater collaboration between primarily remote employees and their in-person counterparts since the start of the pandemic, according to Vyopta.

Most (54 per cent) say their company established channels on messaging apps such as Slack or Teams to encourage further collaboration between colleagues, while half required more participation on virtual calls/meetings (50 per cent) and instituted formal training on remote collaboration (50 per cent).

But the increase in virtual meetings may be taking its toll. Nearly half of business executives (48 per cent) cite too many meetings as a reason why employees do not talk during virtual meetings, saying they had too many calls that could’ve been an email. And 47 per cent say not speaking up is a habit that has developed among their junior staff.