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20 Things Only Flight Attendants Would Understand

20 Things Only Flight Attendants Would Understand
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Many people want to join the number of flight attendants. There are interesting angles to becoming a flight attendant. Still there are some problems every flight attendant understands. Here are 20 of them.

1. You had a tough time getting employed as flight attendant

Competition is ferocious and an opening for 1,500 spots could receive as much as 20,000 applications and many times higher. To get into an Ivy League school is far easier than landing a gig as a flight attendant.

2. You are not meant to be too tall or too short

There remains a constraint that you have to be tall enough to grab equipment from the overhead bins and not tall enough to be hitting your heads on the ceiling. So flight attendants understand why they simply have to stay between 5-foot-3 and 6-foot-1, although the exact height depends on the aircraft.

3. You can get yourself fired for a number of reasons

During the first six months newly hired attendants are put on strict probations. During this period anything could get you fired; issues such as calling in sick or dressing inappropriately could get you fired.

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4. You get paid for “flight hours only”

There is no such thing as getting paid for flight delays, cancellations or layovers. You only get paid when the craft pushes away from the gate. This means a lot of unpaid waiting time on the ground.

5. You have to be a super crisis manager

During rare occasions when anomalies or situations happen, flight attendants have to handle and manage situations with sensitivity and respect. An example is when a passenger is battling a flu and is about to pass away, the flight attendant should be able to find the best solution to settle the problem, perhaps an unscheduled landing or urging everyone to remain calm or get a doctor to render medical assistance.

6. You have to work with the police

An important part of the job is working with the police to apprehend criminals. Whether it is drug trafficking or human trafficking, the flight attendant presents herself as the first line of defence.

7. You should understand what seniority means

There is hierarchy amongst flight attendants. This could signal benefits in the routes you fly, the days you get to take off, the apartment you share with other attendants, and many more benefits.

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8. You tend to be more at risk than a passenger

There are more injuries that affect flight attendants than any passenger on the plane. As far as you are putting on your seatbelt you are safer than the flight attendant who is not putting one on yet.

9. You have to keep every relationship on the plane strictly professional

Although as in any other workplace, people form friendships and bond with people they feel comfortable with, the flight attendant has to maintain a strictly professional relationship with everyone on the plane.

10. You have to be of good manners

The truth is that not everybody gets on the plane in their best mood. The best attitude for the flight attendant is to be of high spirits and understanding enough to manage people’s behaviour.

11. You have to appreciate that every air travel should be memorable

Working with humans and caring for the flight needs of travelers will always be remarkable. As a flight attendant you should love flying, be adventurous and be willing to go the extra mile. Being a flight attendant isn’t just a job, it is a lifestyle.

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12. You must be flexible

Airlines operate day and night, and in some cases a flight overseas could take as much as 14 hours or more. Alltogether an attendant could work on holidays and weekends and fly for about 65 to 90 hours per months, with another 50 hours spend preparing and waiting for flights on ground.

13. Passenger safety is your most important duty

Although flight attendants should be able to attain a blend of customer service, a flight attendant’s main focus should be to ensure that every passenger enjoys the comfort and is safe through the duration on a flight.

14. You must be healthy

One of the most important requirements in securing a job as a flight attendant is your mental and physical health. Your health will be checked before you can get a job as a flight attendant.

15. You know that two days will never be alike

While the weather can be inconsistent on ground in one place, it is even more so if you keep traveling from place to place. Every day presents new cabin crew members, pilots and passengers that are heading off to different destinations.

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16. You should be knowledgeable about airline procedures

Every flight attendant shows skill in proper use of oxygen masks and safety belts, they know the whereabouts of lifeboats and emergency exits and more. After an attendant enters an aircraft he or she checks whether all the needed equipment is onboard and the flight should proceed.

17. You face exhaustion many times

You should understand that flight attendants are mostly on their feet nearly 100 percent of the time. Their job is also physical and very tasking. This affects their body clocks and their general health.

18. You don’t get the perfect sleep

Most times the airlines are trying to save some money so the flight attendants are not put in the highest quality hotels. Because of the nature of their job, they face sleep deprivation many times.

19. Your job affects your relationships

The job leaves you so exhausted that it becomes difficult to build intimate and cordial relationships whether with your family, friends and loved ones.

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20. You have to be mindful of when you drink alcohol

Crew members are not allowed to drink 12 hours before a flight. Although you can drink constantly right up to the point when it it’s not allowed, you have to be mindful of every alcohol you drink. Being a flight attendant can be adventurous and fun yet you have to understand that with such joys there are discomforts and struggles.

Featured photo credit: Stewardess on the airfield. Place for your text. via shutterstock.com

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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