Online meetings are a fantastic way to stay in touch and collaborative while on-the-go. Thanks to mobile apps and developments in smartphone and tablet technology, you can have a full-fledged online meeting experience wherever you are. You don’t have to settle for dialing in anymore; you can view and share video, open files, chat, take notes and more for a full-fledged mobile meeting experience.
…Except not so fast there, tiger. Just because you can take your weekly status call from anywhere you like doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea. Let us never forget the immortal words of Dr. Ian Malcolm:
Some places or situations are just too noisy, too distracting or too unprofessional to make them good settings for a mobile meeting.
“But wait!” you exclaim, “You’re always telling us how awesome remote work is!”
That’s true. And it is awesome. But we also talk a bit about meeting etiquette, and in that spirit, here are 5 places that you should never, ever, under any circumstances take your online meetings:
1) On the Bus
If you’re a regular mass transit commuter, you may be tempted to sleep in and hop onto your morning meeting from the bus or the train. Potentially spotty service notwithstanding, you’re pretty much asking for disaster—one sharp turn on a packed bus while juggling your smartphone and you’ll be spilling yourself and your meeting into the lap of the person next to you.
2) In Line to Order Coffee
Coffee shops are a fantastic place away from the office to get some work done, and yes, even to have the occasional meeting (noise level permitting). However, don’t be that guy or girl that’s too wrapped up in the meeting on their smartphone to even be bothered to give the barista your order. All you’re doing is annoying them and the people in line behind you. Step away from the meeting to order or, better yet, wait until it’s over to get your venti soy half-caf.
3) In Another Meeting
If you’re having to take meetings during your meetings in order to fit in all your meetings, you’re officially having too many meetings.
I liked Inception as much as the next person, but if you’re more than one level down, it’s time to start exercising that “Decline” button.
4) At Happy Hour
Skipping out a little early to blow off some steam after a hard day’s work? Good for you—you’ve earned it! But maybe consider politely declining that late meeting instead of trying to sneak it in from your favorite watering hole; one wrong move and suddenly your webcam is on faster than you can say “Cheers!”
5) In the Bathroom
It saddens me to have to include this one. I know your schedule can get packed, but if it’s so jammed with meetings that you can’t fit in a trip to the restroom, you might want to rethink your workdays. All it takes is one audible flush over a forgotten mute button to personally tarnish your normally pristine porcelain professional appearance.
You’re right, bathroom kitty: it’s time to close the door on this list.
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