What do we do when we are demanded to shift our privacy standards even when we aren't comfortable with doing so? This article divulges the concept of privacy during this global paradigm shift.
Zoom Zoom Zoom. The word was once simply a literary example of onomatopoeia, but now it means so much more to many of us. Hearing the word Zoom is more than likely a startling trigger for a few as we head into the fourth week of our new work and familial dynamics. In a short month, working from home can be defined as asking for the link to the video conferencing software your organization, leader, or company decided to use. Hosting and participating in multiple virtual meetings never seemed like the summary for work-from-home, but here we are. Here we are attempting to adjust a new way of communicating and doing business with the people we once were meeting with in the board room or at the conference table.
The New Demand on Privacy
With all of the new changes happening with such rapid succession, many of us haven't quite had the time to identify all the elements of our lives affected by the COVID-19 precautions. Our personal privacy standards are one of the many elements we must re-examine as we forge through this FFT (thanks Brene' Brown for the term--go look it up. It's really good information).
In past working situations, many employers AND employees did not have to worry about personal privacy standards. We experience the hiring process with much focus on privacy standards in terms of technology, intellectual property, and physical privacy within a building. However, we never actually discuss privacy standards for....OUR HOMES. Well, we never HAD to discuss personal privacy standards. We knew to leave our home issues at home, but we didn't think about what to do if work came into our homes. The standards we have set for ourselves are in dire need of updating now as we mark a new path in the work "environment".
Video Conferences, Private Chats, & Muted Microphones
The features offered in the virtual meeting industry are innovative and useful. The features allow us to do so many things while continuing to stay safe, take care of our families, and get work completed. That being said, when is too much, too much? Video conferencing, private chatting, and audio-off listening are all new concepts for many employers and the individuals they work alongside. The concern arises when an employer, host, or leader requests, requires, or highlights someone's desire not to be on video or audio during a virtual connection.
These are all questions many professionals are asking across platforms and in private group chats. What if someone lives in a home where they don't want to be on video chat? What if someone is couch-surfing until they save enough to buy their first home? Do we still request, directly or indirectly, for these individuals (or anyone) to show "up" on a virtual meeting call; and, inadvertently, invade their privacy? Without thought, meeting hosts may be walking a thin privacy line.
As a leader of a company or a builder within a company (anyone who isn't leading the company is building it), it's important to define your privacy standards upfront. This may mean stating one or more of the following standards. Remember standards are what we are willing to do to maintain company culture, excellence, and effectiveness. As an Empath & Entrepreneur, I lead other business owners through the ongoing process of protecting their physical and mental health while also being effective during work hours. The new normal surrounding virtual meetings can greatly affect the productivity and mental health of Empaths and other employees with sensitivities they usually manage with clear privacy standards.
When you are more than one thing, you can find yourself second-guessing your ability to explain everything you're dipping your foot in (or diving head first into). Yet, you know for sure you're ready to share ALL of YOU with the world.
Well, that is me.
I'm the woman who is more than one thing. More than a former English teacher. More than an educational advocate. More than a work-from-home mom. More than a writer. I am a creative. A multi-passionate creative. For the past four years, I’ve been growing these entities. I’ve cried. I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve been looked at like a crazy person for wanting to build a community of multi-purposed women, lead thought-provoking movements, and share witty words. I’ve been told my heart-centered businesses wouldn’t last. BUT, I’m still here, and I’m still standing.
You can do the same. You can do all you've been purposed to do without second-guessing yourself.
❤️You can be the teacher.
❤️You can be a mom.
❤️You can be an Empath and succeed.
❤️You can do whatever your heart leads you to do.
You are all of the things you set out to be. Do not let anyone stop you. You've been created this way, and you never have to dim your light in a one-dimensional world.
Jarius Edens is the lead content creator and writer Blissful Empath. She owns The Kreative Lounge, a work space for creative beings.