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Zoom "Camera always on" Culture?

I work for a company that really encourages people to have their camera on in internal meetings, but mandatory for customer meetings. some leaders press less on this for internal meetings and other leaders outright shame people for not having their camera on.


curious what your company's "camera culture" is and if you prefer it or not?

Does your company promote "camera always on" for internal meetings?
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BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
A big part of selling is being able to read body language so I am totally fine with it. If I turn mine on, it encourages customers to turn theirs on.ย 
EQSales
Good Citizen
+1
VP of Sales
totally agreed, i actually will ask customers to turn their's on if they can to make it more human. for internal meetings curious, because zoom fatigue is real but i balance wanting to see people but also know folks need a break
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
They try to do it and I just uninstalled the camera app and claimed it's no longer working
EQSales
Good Citizen
+1
VP of Sales
ha ha ha ha, well played
Tres
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
I enjoyed it more at first (last spring), but now I've got camera fatigue and don't want it on every single time
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Not required for internal meetings and I'm thankful. I really don't think it adds anything to the meeting, if anything it's a distraction.
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Love it, you can read so much from clients.

And internally it helps foster a team culture that's been obviously missing for the last year+.
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
I agree that cameras should be on as much as possible. As a sales person who has presented to "the void" of black screens many times, I don't want to do that to someone else, internally or externally.ย 

That being said, shaming someone for it isn't cool, especially if it's clear that the company wants it to happen. If they don't have it on, its probably for a reason, and if its ongoing enough to be a problem then handle it through the appropriate channels, not in a public manner.
EQSales
Good Citizen
+1
VP of Sales
love the call out that if the company has made it a clear desire, why double down on folks? ย I also agree as a presenter how much it stinks when no one is on and you're screaming into the void
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
I've started threatening to do the whole "How's it going?! What?! I said HOWS IT GOING" thing if people don't engage when I'm talking to the void. Seems to work.
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Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Depends on the type of meeting, but for the more serious ones cameras on
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Seeing each others face adds some kind of trust in our minds. So I don't mind
ARRyouReadyKids
Politicker
+5
Sr. Account Executive
I've got a face for radio, but it allows me to connect better with my prospects/customers and read their body language/facial cues. I find it super helpful
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
F2F virtually makes convos sound more realistic. I'd be fine with it. Won't mind cams being on
1nbatopshotfan
Politicker
+5
Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Every internal call has a camera. Itโ€™s exhausting.ย 
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๐Ÿคซit's ok... you can tell me... Why is your camera almost always OFF during Zoom calls?
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ALT: Are you annoyed when your camera is ON during a 1:1 but theirs is OFF
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