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Workers Steer Clear of Videoconferencing Because They Are Camera Shy

Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010

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In a recent UK study, it was found that more than 39% of workers are hesitant to use and adopt video conferencing.  Is it because they are unsure of the new technology? Nope. It is because they are afraid of how they will look on camera. Turns out, the adoption of this new technology comes down to the same reason we duck out of the way when someone is taking photos at the office Christmas party – we are still camera shy.

In order to help workers feel more comfortable seeing themselves on screen, here are a few suggestions: first, allow them to video chat with other co-workers (people they know and are comfortable with). Second, install web cams at employee desks so that they don’t have to meet in a conference room where comfort levels are lower. Finally, share the benefits of video conferencing that relate to the employee directly: the ability to read facial expressions and body language, the chance to put a face with a name and the opportunity to use new technology to save money and build relationships.