Do you ever see a notification, sigh deeply, and think about how you would rather do anything other than hopping on another video call? Meeting fatigue is real, and for many people virtual calls are less engaging and more of a drain on productivity. If you or others are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” (exhaustion from being on video calls all day), then it is time to reevaluate your virtual meetings. While people returned to offices, virtual meetings have remained, and are not going anywhere anytime soon. Here are two ways you can overcome “Zoom fatigue” and feel better the next time an invite hits your inbox.
1. Virtual Alternatives
The first question to ask is if the goal of the meeting can be accomplished in another format. Ask yourself if your team’s time is put to better use outside of the meeting time. Consider sending an email or using Google Docs so that people can collaborate whenever they can online. If you’re struggling to convey things over email, try a quick phone call or even send a voice message. You can also block off working hours where everyone can be working on the same thing, at the same time, but at their own pace.
If a meeting would be the most beneficial for everyone, and your team is local, consider hosting it over lunch or in a serviced workspace. A meeting room reservation gives your team a professional space fully outfitted with the technology and amenities you need. Whether in person or dialing others in, the team will be fully connected.
2. Building a Better Experience
If your virtual meetings are here to stay, there are steps you can take to ensure it’s a productive gathering. Start with booking a meeting room at AdvantEdge Workspaces. Having a professional, serviced space with top-notch technology will take your meeting to the next level. No more worrying about if your WiFi connection will drop or needing to troubleshoot solo- client service coordinators are on standby to help should you have any questions!
For the meeting itself, send out an agenda ahead of time. If it’s not on the schedule, do not talk about it during the call. Agendas ensure that people know what to expect, where they may need to participate, and how much time each item will take. Also, normalize setting boundaries before meetings. Make it clear that people can leave if they have a hard stop and can go on mute or turn off their video should anything come up (which is especially crucial for all the parents out there).
Virtual meeting technology has come a long way since work from home exploded over two years ago. Utilize breakout rooms, screen share, keep chats going, and make things interactive. There are endless opportunities to engage people through a virtual meeting outside of staring at a screen.
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