Virtual Meeting Hand Signals

Hand signals in virtual meetings is nothing new. The UK Civil Service have been using them since 2016 to help improve flow and reduce lost time caused by disruptions. Since virtual meetings become more essential and regular due to the pandemic, other companies such as Twitter have begun adopting hand signals too.

The problem is that if every company devises their own hand signals, then meetings with outside companies could get confusing. To help overcome this problem Working Den have come up with five hand signals that can be used in virtual meetings. These have been taken from British Sign Language so that they accessible to everyone.

Remote Meetings Hand Signals



Stop whatever you are doing and focus on this.


Take Deep Breaths

Follow the instructions on screen or if you have sound follow the spoken instructions.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.



Observe your body, your thoughts, your feeling and your emotions. Is your heart racing? Are you sweating? Is your mouth dry? Are you angry? Are you worried? Are you stressed?
Do you need to be reacting the way you are?
How important is the issue you are stressed about?
Is this worth you being stressed over? Will it still be important this time next year?
What advice would you give to a friend if they were in your position?

Now take a moment and relax yourself.



Now continue on with your day, incorporating what you have just learned about the emotions you were feeling.