We know you’ve heard of it– the dreaded Zoom fatigue. The phenomenon has cast a shadow on almost all remote workers over the past 18+ months. Video meetings (whether on Zoom or otherwise) have been scientifically proven to greatly increase cognitive load, which undoubtedly contributes to higher rates of mental exhaustion. If you’re the leader of a remote team, you will need to keep Zoom Fatigue top of mind when planning meetings as well as when you’re thinking about overall company culture.
Here are a few ways that you can help mitigate Zoom Fatigue for your team (and probably yourself too):
Plan Less Meetings
This one is a given. If virtual meetings are draining your team, try to find ways to move projects forward without meeting whenever possible.
Keep Meetings Short
Not all meetings can be eliminated, but almost all of them can be streamlined so that you’re getting what you need out of them as quickly as possible. Ottawa-based startup Fellow is dedicated to perfecting the art of meetings and has published countless resources on how to make meetings more effective. Check them out here for actionable tips on how to improve meetings.
Make Cameras Optional
Experts suggest that one of the most exhausting factors when it comes to virtual meetings is the idea that you’re being watched by attendees, which creates pressure to look engaged at all times, be still, and to have a clean, aesthetically pleasing environment behind you. Making cameras optional for meetings can reduce the pressure that your team members may feel to be put together. It will also likely minimize distractions, because we all know we’re only looking at ourselves!
Stick to End Times
Whether they’re showing face or now, meeting attendees want nothing more than for a meeting to end on its scheduled time. Be conscious of the time that you’re taking up, and never shy away from giving time back to your team if you’re able to!
Embrace Asynchronous Communication
Since the onset of the pandemic, asynchronous communication has emerged as a more efficient way of getting things done, and for good reason. The concept is meant to greatly reduce the amount of meetings throughout the week by having collaboration happen at different times across teams. Read this Forbes article to learn more about asynchronous communication and its benefits.
Implement Meeting-Free Days
If there’s no way for you to get around meeting with your team, try implementing at least one day in a week where meetings are banned. This will give your team a day to get more done without interruptions.
Have you tried any of these tips?