Can you believe we are hitting the ten-month mark for the pandemic? For most people working in an office, we have been working from home this whole time. That means most of our days are filled with video conference meetings, mostly on Zoom and Microsoft Teams. This technology has allowed us to continue to function the best we can in team environments. That being said, “Zoom” fatigue has become a legitimate challenge and can lead to meeting burnout.
Robert Half did a great study on video conferencing fatigue, and below are the stats:
- 44% said they’d experienced video call fatigue since the start of the pandemic.
- 59% said video calls can be helpful but are not always necessary.
- 22% noted that video conferencing’s practicality and novelty have worn off over the past eight months.
- 15% confirmed they find virtual meetings inefficient and exhausting and prefer to communicate via other channels, like email or phone.
- The most common video call pet peeves were dealing with technical issues (33%) and too many participants and people talking over each other (19%).
- More women (48%) than men (41%) said they’re tired of video conferencing.
For people managing a business or team, ask your employees how they are doing with the video conferencing. Are there specific conversations that can be executed on the old fashion telephone or through an email or chat through Teams? This can help your employees engage in the conversation and support their mental health, as we have all experienced the days when you just can’t do another video meeting. Be mindful of that as you continue to forge through this work from home environment that the pandemic has created.
A quick pro-tip, make sure your meetings still contain a purpose, have an agenda, only invite those needed, let them know why they are invited, and make sure everyone knows who everyone else is—spending the last few minutes to wrap up. Etc. Virtual meetings should not be more painful than in-person meetings. If you end early, you do not need to fill the timeslot; most people would like the time back as they are managing more work while having home distractions, so be aware of others’ time to stay within the meeting time slot.
I look forward to going over some tips to help with zoom fatigue in a future blog. Until then, happy video conferencing.