Cameras On or Off? Professionals Weigh in On Video Usage During Virtual Meetings in Korn Ferry Survey
Los Angeles, Oct. 24, 2023 – With virtual meetings now the norm, a new Korn Ferry survey reveals professionals’ perception of their own – and colleagues’ – use of video conferencing during meetings.
More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) say their camera is on more now during meetings than at the start of the pandemic, and 98% say video conferencing is here to stay, with 87% saying they want it to stay.
Respondents say the lack of camera usage has an impact on careers, as more than three-quarters (76%) say they believe those who leave cameras off are looked upon negatively, and 60% say choosing not to be on camera during meetings is a “career minimizing move.”
The top reason to keep cameras on, according to the survey, is to increase engagement (60%). Three-quarters (75%) say more can be accomplished during meetings when cameras are on.
“While nothing can replace face-to-face meetings, being able to see clients and colleagues during video meetings is the next best way to interact with one another, brainstorm, and work toward common goals,” said Korn Ferry Senior Partner and engagement specialist Mark Royal.
While about half of respondents (51%) say they always turn their cameras on during meetings, 43% say they have their cameras on only some of the time. The top reason they sometimes choose to participate solely via audio is that cameras are not always needed/other participants choose to not turn cameras on (44%).
While the survey showed that video conferencing can be beneficial, the majority of respondents (65%) do not believe employers should mandate camera usage during meetings.
“Keeping our faces continuously framed in small squares on screen can be taxing, especially in a day packed with meetings,” Royal notes. “As professionals are adapting to increased use of cameras, many argue that turning them off occasionally should not be seen as a sign of tuning out.”
About the survey: The Korn Ferry survey of 652 professionals took place in late September/early October 2023.
During virtual meetings how often do you turn your camera on?
All of the time 51%
Some of the time 43%
If you don’t turn your camera on during virtual meetings, what’s the top reason?
Not always needed/other participants don’t have their cameras on 44%
Too many virtual meetings can be fatiguing 10%
Every meeting does not need to take place over camera 31%
I don’t want to get dressed up 15%
Do you turn your camera on during meetings more or less now than during the start of the pandemic?
My camera is on more now 69%
My camera is on less now 31%
Do you believe your colleagues are looked upon negatively when they leave their cameras off?
Yes to a great extent 20%
Yes to some extent 56%
Do you feel leaving the camera off for teams calls can be a career minimizing move?
What’s the top benefit of having cameras on during virtual meetings?
Greater camaraderie with colleagues 32%
It’s easier to brainstorm 2%
It keeps people engaged 60%
It keeps people top of mind with colleagues and bosses 6%
Can more be accomplished during virtual meetings when cameras are on or off?
When cameras are on 75%
When cameras are off 35%
Should companies mandate that employees turn on their cameras during virtual meetings?
Yes, companies should mandate cameras should always be turned on 7%
Yes, except when a person has a special circumstance
(e.g. children in the background, not feeling well) 29%
Do you think video conferencing is here to stay?
Do you want video conferencing to be here to stay?
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