What do you consider to be the biggest etiquette mistake in an online meeting?

Eating on a call22%

Interrupting others42%

Having too many distractions28%

Dressing inappropriately5%

Other (please comment below!)1%


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Director of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Maybe not the "biggest" faux pas but it bugs me when someone is obviously checking/responding to messages  ...  I empathize, because there's always something to respond to, and I am guilty of it, but wouldn't it be better if we all focus on the meeting instead of task switching?
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Not muting your microphone when you aren’t speaking
CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
Obvious multitasking.
Global Head of IT, Information Technology Security in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
To me it's making a choice to never appear on video.
President in Software, 51 - 200 employees
“Sorry, could you repeat the question? I wasn’t paying attention.”
Principle Consultant in IT Services, Self-employed
Not turning on your camera!
Associate Vice President, Information Technology & CISO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
People on walking pads / treadmills... It's such a distraction. Just stay off camera, which is another faux pas, but better than causing everyone motion sickness 🤣
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Principle Consultant in IT Services, Self-employed

That happened to me recently and I was wondering what the person was doing and then is dawned on me. It is distracting.

Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Not really “in” the meeting but I’ve found some folks are much less conscientious about scheduling online meetings with sufficient notice than they would be for in person meetings. I’ve gotten project kickoff meetings with 3 hour notice (also at 1pm, already creating difficulties around lunch and moving things around) where this wouldn’t happen in physical meetings nearly as often.
CEO in Consumer Goods, Self-employed
Scheduling a meeting that could have been an email. Or dragging the meeting on for 30 minutes when it can be done in 2 minutes
CFO in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
If anyone starts eating on a call I will immediately feign technical problems and bail. Misophonia is a tough (but real) ailment.

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