Pinnaca is a global video-conference provider. They provide tips for how to more effectively use video conferencing. One graphic that caught my eye that is pertinent to our global clients is the cultural acceptance of certain behaviors and environments.
Like any generalization, I am sure the rules are not universally true. They do provide an interesting opportunity to be sensitive to other multicultural norms.
Casual attire is something I see a wide range of opinion about, even within the USA. I met last week with the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company who wore jeans … that were not that new. The next day I was at another company where the culture defines a suit and tie to be the norm for men. For most workers in the USA, something in the middle, such as a dress shirt with no tie, is the most common dress for men. For women, the range of proper dress is a little more complex, but follows a similar range of expected dress.
No pets and no children
For work video-conferencing from home, keeping the distractions to a minimum is a wise choice. Those who do not have the opportunity to work from home will often resent a different dress style and setting than is used in the office. Even when children and pets are seen as acceptable, they do not benefit the conversation.
Communication preferences are changing.
Another interesting development since 2012 is that video-conferencing has moved from the least preferred mode of communication, compared to phone and email, to most preferred.
Learning the skills of remote communication will continually become a more important competency. We have more information in chapter 7 of our book “Seeing Yourself as Others Do” that addresses how to successfully communicate and manage remotely.
Remote communication and management is an important issue for most organizations. We will continually provide products to address this important area, as well as regular blog entries. There are many topics to cover; we have been doing remote communications for most of our 30 years of business. If you have specific questions or suggestions you would like us to address, please let us know.