Zoom-call mistakes can endanger your career.
A survey of 200 managers of large companies found that nearly a quarter of executives fired employees due to employee mistakes in video or audio conferences, and most executives took some kind of action on the faux pas in virtual meetings. Disciplinary action. The survey commissioned by Vyopta Inc., which helps companies manage their workplace collaboration and communication systems, also found that executives do not fully trust that one-third of employees can work effectively while working remotely.
The pessimistic findings illustrate how workers are still accustomed to working remotely, which has become commonplace during the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference company said that the number of daily participants in Zoom calls has surged from 10 million per day at the end of 2019 to 300 million in April 2020. In recent weeks, due to the spread of delta variants, many companies have postponed their plans to return to the office. Some of Zoom’s mistakes, such as the New Yorker magazine writer Jeffrey Toobin’s dismissal for accidentally exposing himself, are already well known.
Mistakes in virtual meetings include being late, poor Internet connection, accidentally sharing sensitive information, and of course, not knowing when to mute yourself. The investigation found that mistakes may harm the company, leading to loss of customers, lost sales opportunities or missed deadlines. Nonetheless, executives continue to support working from home, and in the Vyopta survey in Austin, Texas, nearly three-quarters plan to maintain or expand the number of employees who allow mixed work in the next 12 months.
The survey results were released a day after Zoom Video Communications Inc. disappointed analysts with its sales forecasts. The company’s stock price fell about 16% on Tuesday. With the reopening of many schools, the reopening of offices in certain parts of the world, and the increasing competition from companies such as Microsoft and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, investors are worried that the days of Zoom’s strong growth are over.
Vyopta said that Wakefield Research conducted the survey between July 30 and August 10, focusing on 200 vice presidents or higher executives in companies with at least 500 employees.
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