How Staffs Are Tricking Their Bosses on Zoom?


  • Researchers found 23 per cent of staff are taking calls while on exercise bikes
  • Over half say they regularly leave Zoom calls early in a bid to appear busy
  • 45 per cent schedule emails to go out late at night to make a good impression

Few had heard of Zoom before the pandemic struck, but it seems we’ve been quick to learn how to use the video-conferencing tool to our advantage. Researchers have discovered that staff working from home are using clever ruses to make themselves look good in front of their bosses, reports Mail Online.

About the survey

The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned by online marketing specialist XLMedia plc. Spokesman Dominic Celica said: ‘We were astonished at how far people will go to create a false impression to their boss and their colleagues.’

Outcome of the survey

Two-thirds of Britons surveyed admit setting their laptop camera at an angle to make them look more domineering in business meetings.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) have joined Zoom calls while on an indoor exercise bike to appear disciplined, healthy and dynamic, while 82 per cent try to make a good impression by wearing formal office attire on the upper body, while dressing casually below the waist.

Even more (86 per cent) admit to thinking carefully about their onscreen backdrop and decor, and just over half (54 per cent) said they had developed the habit of saying something in Zoom meetings just to look more involved.

Meanwhile, 56 per cent try to make themselves look busier than they are by regularly leaving Zoom calls to attend another work meeting that doesn’t actually exist.

One in three people have tried to appear more committed by claiming to be ill while on Zoom – even though they were perfectly fine.

More than two-thirds have scheduled meetings in their office online diary to make themselves appear busier. And six in ten say they post positive statements about their company on social media to look like a loyal member of staff.

Other findings show that 45 per cent schedule emails to go out late at night to make it look as if they are working longer. In a similar vein, 22 per cent use the same ruse to schedule emails to be sent early the next day to make it seem they start work first thing.

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Source: Mail Online