A company sent out an email that all employees must wear a mask when attending Zoom meetings.
“I am writing you all today to inform you of a new protocol for our staff zoom meetings. Moving forward, everyone will be required to wear a mask during our meetings. One of our team members has a fear of unmasked people, and I want to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable. This requirement is effective immediately.”
Fact Checking Yet Another Meme
If a company email requesting people to wear masks in Zoom meetings sounded like a meme, it was. Reuters fact checked the email screenshot.
The screenshot originated on a satire Tik Tok account. Anyone watching the original Tik Tok video would have known it was satire and meant to be funny.
The satire got lost when people shared the screenshot to other social media. Some people thought the screenshot was real, especially on Facebook.
Why did some people take this screenshot so seriously?
Sensitivity Training in The Workplace
When I started working in the early 1990s, sensitivity training became the norm—and not in a good way. Older men needed sensitivity training to behave around younger women in the workplace. And then younger men needed sensitivity training. As companies feared sexual harassment lawsuits, everyone needed sensitivity training.
Sensitivity training as part of the hiring process and/or an annual requirement wasn’t bad. Some companies went overboard by requiring sensitivity training as a response for every little incident. HR wouldn’t point out who did what because that too could result in a potential lawsuit. Everyone had to take sensitivity training as a form of group punishment.
One person could upend the entire company with a complaint. Management would bend over backwards to accommodate that one person. No matter how trivial that complaint may appear to others.
On the Internet, we would call that person a “snowflake.”
President Biden’s Mask Controversy
President Joe Biden was the only world leader wearing a mask in a virtual meeting last April. A screenshot showed him as the only person out of 15 people wearing a mask. His critics said that he was asleep with his eyes wide open, like Gandalf the Wizard in “The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King.” And added a voiceover track to cover up the fact that he was asleep.
That wasn’t true according to a USA Today fact check. The screenshot showed 15 out of the 63 attendees at the virtual meeting. Some of the other attendees were wearing masks as well. A different picture showed President Biden in a room with other people wearing masks.
When To Wear A Mask in Virtual Meetings
When should you wear a mask in virtual meetings?
- If you’re around other people in a coffee shop, the office or at the White House, wear a mask.
- If you’re working from home by yourself, you shouldn’t have to wear a mask.
If your company requires wearing a mask in virtual meetings anyway, you might want to look for a different job.