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How your colleagues judge you whilst video conferencing: Study

Written by  May 21, 2020

A new nationwide study produced by Eskenzi PR, a Queen’s award-winning Tech PR agency and carried out by OnePoll, examined how video conferencing has changed workers’ perception of their colleagues.

The results, announced today, have found that nearly half (40%) of UK workers judge their colleagues on how their house looks over video conferencing.

Fortunately, of those who admit letting the appearance of their co-workers’ houses influence their opinion of them, 28% say they now view their co-workers more favourably. Still, it might be an incentive to do some decorating and tidying up, as 12% of respondents said the state of their co-workers’ house negatively influenced their judgements.

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Furthermore, of the 1,000 people interviewed, a quarter said looking professional on video conferencing calls has made them view their co-workers more favourably. Perhaps counter-intuitively, video conferencing has also made a quarter of respondents feel they know their colleagues better and therefore appreciate them more (25%).

Interestingly, women seemed to be less concerned with these factors than men, with 61% saying they don’t feel they know their colleagues better and view them neither more or less favourably thanks to video conferencing, compared to 50% of men.

Other interesting findings include:

  • Age groups:
    • Older generations seem to be less concerned with what their co-workers house looks like, with 73% of people over 55 saying their opinion hasn’t changed, compared to 39% for 18-24 year olds and 52% for 25-34.
  • Gender:
    • Men were more likely to say they view their co-workers in a more positive light thanks to video conferencing because they feel they got to know them better (30% of males versus 20% of females)
    • Women were less concerned with how their colleagues presented themselves professionally. 17% of men cited this as the reason they view their co-workers less favourably, compared to just 10% of women.

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Karen Turner

A very experienced freelance IT journalist who now prefers to work from home and has such a broad range of knowledge accrued over the years, we would not cope without her influence and ideas.

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