Ways to Make a Home Office Zoom-Ready

When the pandemic hit, some firms found themselves in the enviable position of already having remote teams. Even during a pandemic, people want to look their best.

A home office should allow creativity and also seem that the employee in it is ready to get down to business.

A lot of people have transitioned to part or full time working from home which means there is more of video conferencing than meeting in person.

Personal aesthetics play a major role in homes, however all elements of a favored design may not be exactly Zoom-friendly. Given below are ways to style a remote work office for videoconferencing.

Check Lighting

Good lighting can make a lot of difference between a dark, inferior-quality video and a bright, superior quality one.

It is advisable to move home office to an area that has ample natural and bright light that helps to brighten dark videos.

The desk or the computer can be turned to face a window.

Light from sunny windows will remove unflattering shadows from beneath the eyes of a person. If natural light is not an option, using ring lights with webcams is an affordable option.

If an employee is creating video content then a studio lighting kit can offer the best results. The best place to put lighting, whether natural or otherwise, is in front.

Check Audio

During video conferencing, a person is seen and heard. Audio quality is a priority. Superior video quality will not matter if a person is not heard properly.

To lessen audio glitches, it is better to use headphones, rather than depend on the computer’s speakers. Headphones help people to hear each other clearly.

The sound quality of video conference calls can also be improved by using headphones with microphone pieces. Some headphones have built-in microphones in the cable , like Apple Earbuds which produce great sound clarity for others.

Proper Position

It is important to position oneself so that they can be seen from the shoulder to the head, or from the waist to the head.

Any closer position might seem overwhelming, while anything further might make one’s face difficult to see clearly. It is important that the webcam is at eye level.

Looking at the camera while talking will make it seem that the person is meeting the eyes of the person they are talking to.

Keep the Office Organized

Keeping clutter off the work desk matters.

Decluttering leads to a sense of competence and confidence. It also helps in reducing anxiety by removing distractions.

During a call, a participant will be less distracted by clutter on a desk.

Appropriate background

A minimalist background almost always works, but there is nothing wrong in adding a couple of personal elements.

Adding personal elements removes a sense of sterility and makes the participants in the video conferencing call comfortable. There could be a bookcase or some framed art in the background.

As Co-CEO at 5W Public RelationsDara Busch oversees 5W’s Consumer Practice, which includes Travel & Entertainment, Apparel & Accessories, Non-Profits, Home & Housewares, Health & Wellness, Mom & Baby, Beauty & Grooming, and Consumer Packaged Goods.