What People Are Really Doing When They’re on a Conference Call


I saw this article on Harvard Business Review through EpicBeat and it got my attention because you have to admit, you start to wonder sometimes…..what are people actually doing while they are on a conference call?  Some might be in the bathroom evacuating their bowels while others might be at the park sitting under the shade.

Here’s a what HBR had to say on what people are actually doing during a conference call:




Here are actual things people admitted to doing:

  • “In the middle of the woods during a hiking trip”
  • “Outside while grilling and getting a tan”
  • “The tunnel leading to NYC”
  • “A truck stop bathroom”
  • “McDonald’s Playplace”
  • “Behind a church during a wedding rehearsal”
  • “The racetrack”
  • “DisneyWorld”
  • “At a pool in Las Vegas”
  • “Fitting room while trying on clothes”
  • “The closet of a friend’s house during a party”
  • “The beach…it was a video call so I kept my tablet up so that my bikini didn’t show”
  • “Hospital ER”
  • “Chasing my dog down the street because she got out of the house”


So the next time you get on a conference call, you may wonder what are these guys actually doing right now or more specifically, WHERE are they at?  The answers might surprise you.   Not everyone makes conference calls at the office.

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