How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team.

When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I was diagnosed with conjunctivitis—courtesy of my nephew. Three days after that, I’m in another doctor’s office, but this time being diagnosed with strep throat. Separately pink eye and strep are not fun, but having them simultaneously can make a person miserable—and highly contagious. I was on strict orders from my doctor to stay away from the office or anywhere else where I could potentially expose others to my sicknesses.

I was also concerned because I’d only been working a couple of months and I hadn’t had enough time to accumulate a week’s worth of PTO. Thankfully, I was able to use PGi’s very own online meeting tool, iMeet. I was able to attend all of my scheduled meetings—and even some unscheduled—while sitting on my couch at home right next to my endless supply of eye drops, antibiotics, soup and Gatorade.

Before joining PGi, I worked from home when I was sick on occasion but never for an entire week. I remember being very stressed because I would constantly worry about what was happening at the office. I worried about missing deadlines, meetings and missing out on projects. No one plans to get sick, and it always seems to happen during the busiest times of the year. iMeet allowed me to still feel connected to the office so I could use my downtime to rest so I could get better.

Not only is iMeet a high quality and reliable online meeting tool, but it also has numerous features that helped me remain an effective employee while working from home. Its crystal clear HD quality video option allowed me to see my entire team during our meetings as if I was there. Since each user is in control of their own video, I was able to see my colleagues while I chose to keep my camera off—didn’t want to startle anyone with my appearance.  The chat feature kept me in the loop of the fun and silly chitchat that usually takes place before our team meetings.

cute puppy

Also, since I have a three-year-old “talkative” dog, the active speaker feature proved to be extremely helpful. Every time someone speaks, their cube lights up with the color green. It’s a great way to detect background noise. I knew I could hear him, but the active speaker notified me if my microphone was picking up any of his quirky sounds so others could hear him. For planning meetings, I simply hit my mute button and for other meetings that I knew I would be more conversational I put him outside on the porch.

Although I was too sick to return to work for an entire week, iMeet allowed me to stay connected while I was away. I didn’t have to worry about missing out on anything and it gave me something to do while I was home—daytime TV isn’t that great. As an extra bonus, when I returned to the office I didn’t have to spend hours catching up on any work, because I did not miss one thing while away.

Thanks to iMeet I was able to save my PTO, meet all my deadlines and recover from my illnesses.

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About Lorna L.

Originally from Florida, Lorna moved to Atlanta to join the PGi team. In between trying to get used to Atlanta traffic and the crazy weather, she spends her free time playing with her dog, Mylo. Lorna enjoys writing about online collaboration tools and meeting tips.

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