Video Conferencing: How To Set Up Your Home Workstation for Productive Work Video Calls
With physical distancing being the best thing one can do right now, the vast majority of the workforce has moved on to work from home. This entails a lot of challenges, including staying focused, not overworking, not underperforming etc.
There is one aspect of working from home in particular that can be tricky to tackle even for the most seasoned remote workers.
It’s how to set up the best space for video conferencing from home.
No matter if your company uses Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex or ClickMeeting, it is important to set the workspace for the video calls right.
In this article you will finally find the answers to this and other video-conferencing questions. Simply follow these steps to upgrade your home into a beautiful and effective workspace for video calls.
What are the essentials for setting up a good video call?
Although the obvious answer to this question might be a computer with a decent camera and a good internet connection, there is more you can do to become a master at video conferencing from home.
There are four equally important components to creating the best setup for productive video calls:
1. Understand the lighting
Lighting is what will make or break your video call. It can make you appear professional and ready, or sluggish and uninterested. Sounds like a pretty important aspect, doesn’t it?
Luckily, you can create a setup by following these basic principles:
2. Find the best background (or create one)
When it comes to finding or creating the best background for your video calls, there are two elements you must take into account: Aesthetics and Functionality.
As much as we hate to admit it, aesthetics play a huge part in human lives, and having a video call while self- isolating is no exception. And, although most homes do not include a specifically designated office area, it doesn’t mean you can’t create the most fitting background on the spot.
Features to look for in your existing setup:
How to upgrade and create a better background:
Even better, the internet is full of sample images you can use for this. For example, Hello Backgrounds offers 200+ images and videos ready to be used as backgrounds specifically for – you guessed it- Zoom calls.
Now that you understand the importance of aesthetics, you must not forget to check if some key functionality is in place.
Rules that must not be overlooked when choosing a functional workspace for video calls:
As this article suggests, it means you might have to sit close enough to a wall so that no children (or wifes, husbands, grannies and puppies for that matter) can run behind you unnoticed during an important call, leaving you with the same BBC interview gone bad situation above.
3. Ensure a distraction-free environment
As described in this article on communicating with others when working from home, interruptions from others can be even more annoying at home than in the office. Especially during an important video call.
That’s why it would be wise to try and ensure a distraction-free environment.
For those living alone it will be as easy as two steps:
Proven ways for us sharing the home with anyone else:
The alternative could be an LED light that shows if you’re busy or available with the help of red or green colors. And the fun part is – you can customize your colors to show unique statuses.
This way your family can still enjoy time together without interrupting you in the middle of a conference call.
And look, some have even found out that it works better with kids than it did with their coworkers:
4. Set up ergonomically with functionality in mind
Even if the other three components of a good setup for video conferencing fail, these are the ones that you should not overlook.
Here are the four major things to consider when setting up your workstation for video calls:
Some final words
When it comes to creating the best workspace for video conferencing at home, it really depends on how well prepared you are in terms of your surroundings.
So invest a little time, check if your setup aligns with our recommendations on all four important components, and test before the call!
Feel free to send us images of your working from home setup to firstname.lastname@example.org!