My virtual Telekom office for #andersarbeiten

My team and my own workplace are increasingly organized decentrally, partially through innovative thrusts. The use and, above all, the potential of communication via online and mobile conferences is constantly increasing. According to a study by Wainhouse Research, 2.92 billion hours of internal and external communication are thought to have taken place via videoconferencing in companies by 2017.

Why do companies use online video conferences?

Professionals want to work independently and flexibly, regardless of where they are. Teams are often spread out across national borders and companies broadly and globally positioned. Video conferences help firms to connect employees, but also to get in contact with customers or other operations. Nowadays, the possibilities offered by video conferencing are very convenient, inexpensive and possible from almost anywhere – saving companies time, resources and money.

So there’s no reason not to work completely virtually and therefore “fully digitally”, is there?

The main advantages concern the fact that you are reachable everywhere, as video conferences can also be held via smartphones and tablets. A conference room is often no longer required. Employees are free to choose where they want to hold a meeting, whether it’s in the car, in the park or simply from home.

The topic of home office is no longer anything new, but those who participate virtually in team meetings with video conferences can do so in various ways. In the short clip you can see “My virtual Telekom office”.

Tipps and Tricks for the perfect video conference

How do you organize your mobile office when you want to participate in a video conference? These simple tricks help you to perfect your meeting via webcam and make the visual impression as real as possible:

  1. The right lighting: The light should always come from the front so that your face is clearly visible. When the light comes from behind you, you look like shadow and facial expressions are difficult to see. The simplest solution is to sit in front of a window, looking towards the outside. This throws natural light onto your face. If you use an additional lamp, this should be directed towards you and from above.
  2. The perfect background: When it comes to video conferences in the office, you don't really have to take many things into consideration. At home, however, you should make sure that you can’t necessarily see into the bathroom or dirty dishes from the previous day. In this case, I like to go for magenta! ;)
  3. Find a quiet spot: The room should be yours for the duration of the conference. Having colleagues or family in the background often leads to annoying background noise and is distracting.
  4. A neat appearance: Even if you can work from home in your leisure clothing, a neater appearance should be selected for a video conference – at least on the top half of your body. Positioning also plays an important role. In a video conference, it is best to place yourself in the middle of the section shown, as this gives the impression that you are sitting at a table with the person you are talking to. Your posture should be straight and you should look at your dialog partner on the screen.

 

Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen
Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen
Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen
Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen
Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen
Videokonferenzen zum #AndersArbeiten nutzen

What does your home office look like, or your personal preparation for a video conference? Do you have certain rituals, or would you like to discuss “working in the digital age” with us in general?

 

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