Due to COVID-19, my company has gone completely remote and all of our meetings are conducted over voice-call software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams - usually without using video) that allows any invitee to mute themselves and others. Usually, my colleagues will mute when they are not speaking. However, I have experienced some cases where someone's mic is making feedback, or someone has background noise, but has not muted. Typically, the call organizer will remind others to mute, but this doesn't always happen.
I think there are a couple of things to consider when answering this:
- If I am the call organizer or not
- How many people are in the call
Is it appropriate to mute others in a call if the noise they are making is disruptive?