A year into working from home, and many people are falling victim to what psychologists are calling “zoom fatigue,” which simply put, is the exhaustion caused by constant video calls. With an increase of work responsibilities, video communication, and organizational change, employees across the globe are feeling burnt out from being on all day.
Video calls give people the sense they have to always be on, alert, and ready, and video calls make everyone hyper aware of their own self. Their faces are up next to all of their colleagues, and they are more aware of how they are acting than in-person meetings. Also, meetings with colleagues that would have normally been a phone call and now face to face. After more than a year working from home, employees need a change of pace. Here are some ways to combat video call fatigue.
Have No Meeting Days: Set one day a week and ask employees not to schedule meetings that day. This gives everyone time to focus on working through their to do lists and action items instead of running from one meeting to the next all day.
Turn Off Your Video: Encourage employees to take days where they do not turn on their camera for a meeting. Everyone needs a break, and it is okay to join a meeting and let the team know you are keeping your camera off.
Replace Calls with Emails: This seems like an easy one. We’ve all been in those meetings “that could have been an email.” Make sure your teams aren’t scheduling calls for the sake of scheduling calls. Some things are better talked through face to face, but smaller tasks can be handled with a few emails.
Make Meetings Shorter: Calendar invites are preset to 30-minute increments for meetings. Shorten those to 25 minutes and give yourself 5 minutes back in your day to prepare for the next call or to take a short break.
Schedule Breaks: Speaking of breaks, schedule them! Encourage your team to take a lunch break to eat lunch, run to the gym, or take some time to themselves. Also, encourage a break in the afternoon to grab coffee or take a walk.