Do you ever see a notification, sigh deeply, and think “not another Zoom meeting…”? Meeting fatigue is real, and for many, it has only gotten worse with the onslaught of video calls sprinkled throughout the work from home day. If you or others are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” (exhaustion from being on video calls all day), then it is time to reevaluate your meetings. Here are two simple questions to ask yourself before sending out another calendar invite:
1. Are There Alternatives?
The first question to ask is if the goal of the meeting could be accomplished in another format. With increased distractions at home, if it isn’t absolutely essential to be collaborating over a video call, consider another option. 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.
If a meeting would be the most beneficial for everyone, and your team is local, consider hosting it outside in a park or take a walking meeting. Depending on everyone’s comfort level, you could also utilize a serviced meeting room space while masked.
2. What If I Have to Do a Video Call?
If you can’t see a way to move your meeting away from Zoom, there are steps you can take to ensure it’s at least the most painless meeting people have ever attended. 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!
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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 in terms of content, where they may need to participate, and how much time each item will take. We should 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).
The key to avoiding Zoom fatigue is to not rely on video conferencing to maintain your remote work connections. You cannot take what worked in an office and expect it to work the same way from home. Being flexible, finding other solutions to meetings, and setting boundaries when they are necessary is the key to success.
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