I can see you….
Now that we have been staying inside for a few weeks, we have all gotten a taste of what it’s like to work from home. I am sure that everyone has stories about how things have worked and probably even more stories about how they haven’t worked well. The most important thing to do though is this soldier on, stay inside as much as possible, and continue to find ways to make life and work more enjoyable and practical.
In talking to friends and colleagues about their experience working from home, the biggest thing that comes up is how they miss the personal interaction that work used to provide.
You most likely have heard your friends and colleagues talking about the video conferencing program called Zoom. It is been around for some time and you may already have participated in a zoom meeting yourself. Companies are using it on a regular basis now for company meetings, client meetings, and project collaboration. And church groups, Rotary clubs, AA meetings, Book clubs and a myriad of other organizations have also taken up meeting via Zoom. One of the main reasons it’s so popular is that the experience of being able to see everyone in a meeting, and while it isn’t the same as being there in person, it is much more personal than a conference call. Zoom is relatively easy to set up and use and is free to use. The only thing that a participant has to do is download the Zoom app to be able to login to the meetings. I will add links to YouTube tutorials at the end of the article for this, and the other programs I mention.
If you use an iPhone, FaceTime is another app that is extremely easy to use. It has been upgraded so that you can invite up to 32 people in one FaceTime call. FaceTime is generated from either a contact file or from messages. If you haven’t used it yet, it is very straightforward but I am including a tutorial link on YouTube that goes into great detail.
There is one more way to connect through video and that’s through the Facebook messenger app. Although messenger typically used to text, it is quite efficient and straightforward to video chat also.
I think you’ll find that connecting with people via video will be easier than you think and more rewarding and satisfying then you imagined.
Messenger video chat