Reports say workers with cameras off might be hurting their opportunities

Because most of us are living in a Zoomful world, I thought people might find this interesting; Axios reports

Stunning stat: 92% of executives at medium to large firms think workers who turn cameras off during meetings don’t have long-term futures at the company, according to a new survey from Vyopta, a software company.

Why it matters: The data adds grist to the worry that hybrid and remote employees have expressed about the post-pandemic world — that those who choose to work from home some, most or all of the time will be out-of-sight, out-of-mind for bosses.

They offer a suggestion…

One way to get everyone on the same page is to be more intentional — and explicit — about which meetings should be camera off and which should be camera on, Slate’s Torie Bosch writes.

  • If it’s a get-to-know-you for a big team, tell people ahead of time to prepare to show their faces.

  • If it’s a quick update on an ongoing project, everybody goes dark. Especially if it’s before 9 a.m.

It’s worth noting that sometimes people turn off the camera because they don’t have broadband for the full experience; just another reason we need ubiquitous broadband. And for what it’s worth, I like to walk and take Zoom calls – unless I’m running or presenting at the meeting. It means I don’t take great notes but I do pay better attention!

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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