Being on a video call requires more focus than face to face chat. When meeting remotely, we’re struggling to gauge body language, facial cues and tone and pitch of the chat. All this takes much more energy than usual.
Our minds feel like they’re together but our bodies are not. This disconnect further adds to the exhaustion as we can’t relax into the situation.
Then we’ve got the envitable delay. Usually gaps or silences in conversation are totally normal. They add to the ebb and flow. However in remote meetings they just add to our stresses as we worry straight away that the tech has let us down!
So here are my top strategies to deal with Zoom fatigue to make WFH just that little bit easier.
- Limit video calls to those that are absolutely necessary.
- Turn your camera off for some of the meeting.
- Place the camera to the side. This makes you feel like you’re in an adjoining room and can be less tiring.
- Spend the first part of the meeting checking in with your colleagues.
- Always have a gap between meetings to stretch, get a glass of water or do some exercise.
So there you go, my top tips to get you through all your remote meetings. If you’ve got any top work tips, let me know.
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Original post available here https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200421-why-zoom-video-chats-are-so-exhausting