Under the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are not allowed, but this problem has been resolved with online meetings done via Google Meet, Zoom, Lark, and FB Live. Setting the agenda and discussion points saves companies and interest groups valuable time in resolving issues and moving on with business matters. Nonetheless, as technology dominates the new normal, reminders have to be set to avoid embarrassing moments.
In a now viral video of the online House Committee meeting on Overseas Workers Affairs under the leadership of Representative Raymond Mendoza, an unexpected moment occurred. The camera caught one of the participants, allegedly Edwina Beech of PASEI (Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc.), moving to the toilet bowl and pulling down her pants. The incident lasted for a few seconds before her screen was removed from the main screen.
While online meetings allow certain liberties on how one looks and dresses for the camera, participants still need to be mindful on how they conduct themselves. An online meeting should be accorded the same formality as an actual meeting especially when one is invited as a resource person.