You’re asking yourself, what is PAD. Well, it’s the 3 rules to remember every time you’re on a videoconference call, otherwise known as Position, Appearance, and Disconnect. This may seem obvious to some of you, but for everyone else, think about these three things before you connect to your next videoconference.
Position: You don’t want your colleagues staring off at a wall or at your shoulder the whole time. Make sure your camera is aligned with you centered in the middle. If you have the whole team on, depending what camera you are using, you may need to adjust the team a bit. Do a quick check before you connect that everyone is visible.
Appearance: Just because you don’t work in the same office as your boss, or maybe your client, doesn’t mean you don’t need to look the part for your video calls. Dress as though you are going to attend a meeting, because, you are.
Disconnect: This may seem like an obvious one, but unfortunately, it’s not. At the end of the call be sure to disconnect completely, both audio and video. You don’t want to be the person who doesn’t disconnect properly and have everyone in on your supposedly now private conversation. Do yourself and your colleagues a favor and double check that you are off the call completely.
Videoconferencing is becoming a bigger part of a lot of business with remote workers and disconnected teams. Give yourself and your team the courtesy to remember these 3 easy steps the next time you jump on a call, they’ll all thank you.