Flexible working and mixed meetings: what are the differences in perception?

Hybrid Encounters Revealing Perceptual Differences Between Genders.

Often in multi-generational and multicultural contexts, technology and autonomy help facilitate inclusive, productive and creative encounters, but there are other aspects that need attention. Jabra’s research reveals significant differences in how employees perceive behavioral expectations during online meetings. So, the question “Do you feel pressured to activate your camera when other employees have their cameras on? ” produces interesting responses and shows clear differences in results between men and women.

In fact, 62% of women say they feel this pressure, while among men this number rises to 53%. Interestingly, more men than women would feel this pressure in the specific case of having one or more of their superiors in the meeting (12.5% ​​of men compared to 8.5% of women).

This difference in perception suggests that there are social or gender factors that influence how participants perceive the use of video in online meetings. It is important for companies to consider these differences in order to foster an inclusive and equal online meeting environment.

Using video in meetings can have a positive impact on career development

Should I enable or disable cameras during an online meeting? The verdict of professionals is clear: using video can have a positive and valuable impact on a career.
A Jabra study found that 40% of employees believe that the use of video affects how they perceive their colleagues in meetings. They agree that their colleagues who use video seem more engaged, and 57% of them even believe that they are more trustworthy in meetings than those who do not. However, the study also found that Gen Z and millennials feel compelled to turn on their cameras.

By not allowing employees to participate in the meeting in the way that suits them best, employers risk exacerbating problems within their team, such as inequality or negative social dynamics. Therefore, before implementing mandatory video usage policies, companies should first be aware of the problems that may arise from adopting these policies.

Accessibility and training can facilitate the adoption of technology in meeting rooms

At the start of the pandemic, workers around the world suddenly had to adapt to fully remote meetings. Today, even as more people return to the office, meetings often remain hybrid for simplicity.

According to the study, the use of technology for meeting rooms is not sufficiently supported. For example, 30% of participants say they are hesitant to participate in meetings in an equipped room because they are less comfortable with technology than with their laptop.
As organizations around the world continue to modernize their meeting spaces, it’s important to provide comprehensive employee training. By ensuring they can and know how to use technology, business leaders will make the most of their equipped meeting rooms and facilitate a smooth transition to a hybrid workplace.

Jabra Vice President Holger Reisinger said: “As we all know, hybrid work is now the norm for millions of employees around the world, which creates new challenges for how we work together. While employees talk about the well-being benefits of flexible working, many employers have struggled to oversee what are now dispersed teams. Moving forward, it’s critical that managers provide employees with the tools they need to effectively participate in meetings from wherever they are most comfortable. This will increase trust, strengthen decision-making and generate the best ideas.

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