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Setup - Do you have a nice background in your home office?

Last updated by Tiago Ara├║jo [SSW] on 05 Apr 2021 10:37 pm (8 months ago) See History

You are likely to have constant video calls with clients or work colleagues. One of the first things you should think about should be how to have a nice background.

Less is more

  • Try to have a neutral wall or setup behind you or with minimal objects – that will cause less distraction for others when talking to you.
    In other words, you may be fond of family pictures or band posters hanging on the wall, but the person on the other side may find them distracting.
  • Also watch out if you have a pile of clothes to fold, boxes, or any mess that may be behind your desk.
  • A nice test is to sit at your desk and to take a selfie to see what others will see in your background. Then organize your background accordingly.
  • If you want to go the extra mile, consider designating one wall as your company wall and keep it consistent with the company branding.

bad background
Figure: Bad Example – A messy background will not look professional

good background
Figure: Good Example – Branded monitor in the background showing off the company website

Virtual backgrounds

An alternative is to use the virtual background feature:

This can allow you to make calls that look almost like you are in the office. Just organize a nice well lit photo of the best office background at your office (or you can choose from a number of pre-supplied ones).

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