Choosing a novelty background can make you seem more frivolous and less competent.
You should smile and have a bookcase in the background if you want to look more trustworthy on a Zoom call.
New research from the University of Durham has found smiling, with a bookcase and a plant in the background, boosts first impressions.
Choosing a novelty background or a living room may make you seem more frivolous and less competent.
The presence of plants on your video conference call makes you look responsible, according to the study.