For some, a spare room can be equipped like a proper office with a work desk and office chair. Others work from the kitchen table or their living room, or from some other less suitable location. This can be a challenge in terms of ergonomics, particularly when trying to set up a suitable environment for video meetings.
With less opportunities for travelling to out-of-town meetings, video conferences have become a very important aspect of working from home. Some things to pay attention to when planning for a video meeting include proper work attire, camera placement, a suitable background, and, of course – the right home office lighting.
A clean-cut, professional appearance thanks to the appropriate business attire is highly advisable. Remember to pick a neutral, non-cluttered background, and avoid sitting with a window behind you, as bright daylight will cast dark shadows on your face. However, the camera won’t pick up on your appearance or background without the right home office lighting. A light source should light up your face from behind the camera to make sure your facial expressions are clearly visible. A task light is a great product for achieving this, and it helps with other types of home office work as well.