Worklife: conference call roll calls are silly
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Comments (12) Visits (3151)
A short burst of three or four people at once (names blending but some recognizable)
Silence for 1 second
One lone speaker who announces their name cautiously as if poking their head out from a military bunker
A second speaker follows quickly with a more confident delivery sensing that an invisible order has taken over
Another short burst of speakers, this time ten to fifteen voices, shattering the illusion of an invisible order. If you look up cocophony in a dictionary, you will find this as the definition.
Silence for 2 seconds
Another cautious lone speaker, back in the bunker
An, "OK, sounds like everybody is here," from the host who cannot possibly know that from what I heard, but who has decided that a confident tone is needed to restore peace on a call whose atmosphere was getting awfully close to that of an Alfred Hitchcock film.
As a solution, I propose that the host announce each person's name with said person IMing the host for confirmation. I feel that would be fair. If a conference call host wants to call roll with 30 people on a call, then they deserve 30 IM boxes on their desktop popping up as fast as he/she can close them. It would be a good mouse exercise anyway.