Three techniques to reduce zoom fatigue


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The concept of “Zoom fatigue” has been widely discussed, both because it exists – as several recent studies show – and because Zoom may be one of those concepts that we need to monitor for the safety of our employees. . Some have even suggested that Zoom provides a great reason to get away from the camera as a “feel-good practice”.

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It certainly seems like a done deal – the outbreak is still ongoing. For many companies, policies have been adopted that no one will return to the office and everyone will continue to work remotely. For some, there will never be a return to ‘normal’, and that seems to be the case across the political landscape.

Either way, our new work-life balance has arrived. Nevertheless, as we continue our third year of a pandemic that we can now ignore a little more easily, many are still working remotely. Now is the time to reevaluate our videoconferencing work. You’ve probably found that working remotely is difficult.

We’ve proven that seeing yourself – even on camera – is vital for human connection and sustained attention, but finding a solution to the issue of fatigue is a more sustainable choice than turning off the cameras altogether – and more effective.

Here are three effective strategies for overcoming the difficulties of Zoom fatigue.

Stop looking yourself in the eye.

Can you imagine if your job required you to spend the majority of your time looking at yourself in the mirror? It would be awful. Despite this, according to recent research conducted by Stanford University, the main cause of Zoom fatigue is the endless staring contest with yourself.

Do yourself a favor and right-click and choose “Hide Self-View” once you’ve arrived at each meeting and are comfortable. Some people prefer to arrive a bit early if possible and check their setup and experiment with Zoom video filters (cinnamon is fine for many people).

But consider the tactic of turning off your self-awareness by turning your face away from the camera – you’ll find it beneficial. Have you ever tried to play video games on your phone during your Zoom meetings or read a book from your rigged iPad. Yes, most texted and chatted on social media during Zoom meetings – and yes, most were called out for these “infractions”. However, you’ll feel better if you don’t have a staring contest with yourself.

Take frequent breaks – Taking a break helps stop zoom fatigue.

The shift to remote working has led to a dramatic increase in the number of meetings held. Because there is no longer the convenience of a hallway conversation, there is an idea that you need to organize everything. And what about the preset duration? An hour or thirty minutes, notwithstanding the absence of any reasoning other than the conditioning of 12 years of schooling. You can include recovery and transition periods in your work week by prohibiting back-to-back meetings or interspersing in-person meetings with the Zoom rate.

A simple approach is to set meeting durations of 45 minutes and 25 minutes as regular meeting times. Messaging systems now make it easy to change your account’s default calendar settings. These micro-pauses give you valuable time away from the screen to stretch, pet the dog or hit the reset button.

Raise the bar of what is acceptable for Zoom fatigue.

Encourage every employee to create a camera-ready workspace in their home so they are always ready. Review Zoom readiness with your whole company. From the dining room table to the bedroom desk and even a separate desk, we’ve worked hard to make everything Zoom compatible.

Let employees (or your team members) know that there are still issues causing Zoom fatigue that can manifest as Zoom anxiety. Last week, we all sat in a meeting and stared at a screen that forced others to stare at someone who appeared to be in witness protection (completely backlit with unidentifiable features).

Have you seen anyone wearing an embarrassing halo? This happens if your colleagues do not make the necessary effort (from an overhanging luminaire). However, by raising the standards of virtual environments, you can make video conferencing staples more comfortable for everyone.

If you’re the boss, provide low-cost ring lighting to everyone on the team. Of course, explain to employees how to look more ready for the camera in general. And help everyone by making time management a must.

It seems that no matter where your workplace is — whether it’s hybrid, in-office, or fully remote — an important part of your job will now be video conferencing. Please take some basic steps to make it more enjoyable for yourself and others by following these simple guidelines.

The final stage of videoconferencing

It’s what separates the gurus from the sidekicks and where the rubber hits the road. Real-world operation now includes Zoom or other conferencing platforms. You may as well make the most of it – and improve your Zoom game. Are you ready for this? Can your mindset accept new parameters – or are you stuck in the mud of your own making?

The post-pandemic world is not kind to people stuck in the mud. Embrace the reality of Zoom and you’ll be much happier embracing what is — and acceptance seems to banish Zoom fatigue. You don’t want to be “the one” who can’t find the first rung of the ladder.

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