Our current reality is that of the remote worker and we need to embrace remote working as a first-class option. People are social animals and are the only species evolved with white sclera ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative_eye_hypothesis ). We are designed to see each other to communicate. Turning cameras on is the number one way to engage a remote team!
I used to feel really self-conscious. When I first started using video in my remote coaching I had nightmares of being on teleconference and accidentally standing up revealing no pants! I was terrified people would judge me for not having perfect hair or perfect teeth. Would my home live up to the scrutiny of others? My house is my safe space can I really let anyone in?
And the more I did the more amazing it was to be on video. I really feel I get to know people by watching on webcam. In fact, I feel I know them better now. We are visiting each other in our homes and not just our places of work. We see each others’ kids and we see each others’ bad hair days! We reveal in sharing tacky furniture. The joy of panning the camera to see a dog, a guest, a new painting, or a broken lamp.
Video Chat and Web-Cam Enabled tele-conference is a different way of working than the way we are used and embracing it is somehow embracing our true selves. The Selves we can’t be at an “office”. I encourage each and every one of you reading to take the tape off your laptops web-cam and give it a try. Welcome us into your home!