Almost all employees may agree that Zoom, Google Meet, or any other video conferencing platforms is already part of their work routine. Since the start of the pandemic, companies are allowing work-from-home or work-at-home set up which requires communication through online meetings. But take note that this may be working for you but it is definitely tiring your employees out. And that is where Zoom fatigue comes in.
As explained by The Next Web, it is quite necessary to ease Zoom fatigue. There are ways that companies may try to prevent employee burnout.
A Different Work Set Up
Companies or employers are all requiring their employees computer skills nowadays. Regardless of what job you are applying for, it may definitely be one of those needed skills to land the job. This is also even before the pandemic state kicks in.
However, as it has been one year of working from home, employees are now feeling a different type of exhaustion. A recent research by Stanford University explains that Zoom fatigue is definitely real. They also identified the four causes and ways on how to eliminate or lessen it.
Zoom fatigue is not only concerning the use of Zoom. This is applicable to the use of other video conferencing apps used by your company. And it also is linked as one of the most common causes of employee burnout. There are five different types of fatigue associated with video calls. This is explained by Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. The types of fatigue include the following:
- general (overall tiredness)
- social (wanting to be alone)
- emotional (being overwhelmed and “used up”)
- visual (symptoms of stress on one’s eyes)
- and finally, motivational (lacking the drive to start new activities).
And because of this, it is about time that companies also take a look at how they can ease employee burnout.
No Meeting Week
This is one of the solutions that companies may try to ease Zoom fatigue. A “no meeting week” which provides uninterrupted work time without the worry of schedule and the duration of such meetings. It may also allow employees to recharge and be ready for bigger projects.
TNW described that No Meeting Week resulted with an overwhelming positive feedback from Storyblocks employees. Right after the implementation of the “No Meeting Week”, an internal survey was done which allows the assessment of the said solution.
Employees who experienced “No Meeting Week” gave positive feedback. Among those benefits include the following:
- employees have more personal time to spend
- productivity increased compare to a normal week
- employees are also in a much better mood throughout the week
- this added flexibility to work set up
- employees have more consistent sleep patterns
- more time for reflection and ad-hoc discussions
- collaboration increased but in a much natural way
- more positive attitude toward the work
These are just some of the advantages and benefits that companies may consider in adding the No Meeting Week in their plans. It is not only affecting the employees but the company as a whole. So you might need to try this. Let us know in the comment section if it works the same way with your company.