Anyone who has had to participate in a video conference call has likely faced the question of whether or not to turn on their camera. Usually, it’s just a case of not wanting the CEO to see you in your stained shirt, but there are occasions when there’s a real reason you’re not quite ready for public display. This employee informed her boss that she might not be suitable for camera work and provided a plausible justification. They didn’t want to hear it, of course. As a result, the entire staff got a glimpse into her personal life. Surprisingly, the experience resulted in an entirely new work policy. So, hey, workplace culture isn’t as opaque as it appears.
In the following story, an employee is asked to turn the camera on no matter what, as she had returned from maternity leave, she had to use a breast pump several times a day. The employee got worried when she was asked to turn the camera on and even communicated it with the manager but he asked her to comply no matter what. She, being savage, did turn on the camera and it made everyone awkward, as it had to. In the later meetings, the boss learned his lesson and announced that everyone who is comfortable turning their camera on will turn their camera on only. OP got succeeded, at last. Let’s hear the story in her own words.