September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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A greater emphasis on active listening by all participants, establishing some ground rules/working agreements on how to better identify non-verbal cues, using built-in features of tools like Zoom (e.g. thumbs up, coffee cup) and insisting on video presence for meetings can all help...
Noted your reply.
Insisting on video presence, will there be any issue on privacy?
I do not believe that we should consider replacing one with the other - they are not equal. Virtual meetings are great for transfer of information, not so good for networking, social interaction, personal connections leading to team identification and recognizing mutual interests and points of view. A physical meeting has a "before" and "after" where a lot gets done through 'one-on-ones', group chats and commitments for later communications (coffee shop).
In the virtual setting a team member may be introduced as a civil engineer but his/her extensive experience with public versus private clients may be unrecognized. There is limited opportunity to expand what we can offer the team.
Generally I find virtual meetings rather dry whereas physical meetings are dynamic in nature.
I propose that the objective of the meeting be analyzed and that steps be taken to achieve all of the needs. What we risk missing in virtual meetings be mitigated in other ways.
As a last point, we humans are social animals. We need personal contact to be at our best. We need family, we need a tribe, we need to identify with others. The virtual meeting doesn't provide for that need.
Good point you have there.
There is no negative effect. Is the same when you work inside a company where you do not have the opportunity to meet people due to the physical distribution.
I do agree with Kiron
Yes, you have a point.
My concern is a company that is already used to working on a face to face relationship and suddenly this pandemic striked. The situation changes. Some companies have employees that are not tech savvy. It will be difficult to adjust. People can adapt but it will take time especially to older generation. How are we going to settle this issue?
Sergio does have a valid point. It should be business as usual, whether online of not.
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