Sure, Zoom can be fun, but terms such as “Zoom fatigue” and “Zoom burnout” are gaining popularity for a reason. Here’s how you can help your team beat Zoom fatigue.
Have Zoom Meetings Only When Necessary
The most obvious way to reduce Zoom fatigue is by reducing the number of Zoom meetings. No doubt, Zoom is an extremely useful tool. But no tool is the right choice for every situation. Before scheduling a Zoom meeting ask yourself whether an email or a phone call may be better options. Not only does this help you beat Zoom fatigue, but it’s also a valuable time management skill.
Set Time Limits
Once you have determined that a Zoom meeting is the way to go, then you can set a time limit for the meeting. If this is your first time establishing this type of limit, you can start with 50 minutes and see how it works. Also, if you arrive at a quick solution or an agreement, you should have no qualms about ending the meeting before the time is up.
Follow the Stanford Playbook
Zoom fatigue is so real that researchers from Stanford University came up with four recommendations to reduce it. Their ideas include:
- Reduce the size of the Zoom window and use an external keyboard to create a sense of space between you and the computer
- Seeing yourself is fatiguing, so it’s a good idea to use the “hide self-view” feature while on Zoom
- Zoom fatigue also comes from the reduced mobility imposed by video calls. Try to position your camera farther away from you or turn off your video periodically (if appropriate) to move more freely for a couple of minutes at least.
- If possible, take breaks where you turn off your camera and turn your body away from the screen.
More Tips and Ideas
Read these previous posts for more business tips that cover every aspect of the management of your organization, from communication to online security.
- How to write better emails when you work remotely
- How to help your team deal with burnout
- Cat filters and other fun Zoom tricks
- 4 New Year’s resolutions for your business
- How to Manage a Hybrid Team
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