For the past year, Zoom software has undoubtedly provided us with a functioning alternative to in-person meetings and conferences. While no one can deny that Zoom has practically kept the corporate world alive through the pandemic, we can likely all agree that we’ve grown weary of hours of virtual meetings.
Does this feeling
ring a bell?
You’re not alone. In fact, a new term has been coined for this—“Zoom fatigue.”
A recent study at Stanford University identified the causes of zoom fatigue and offered some suggestions for combatting it.
Keep reading to find out what Lone Star Staffing Solutions has learned about remedying videoconferencing exhaustion!
The Causes of Zoom Fatigue
The author of the Stanford study pinpointed four main issues that cause individuals to tire of using Zoom. These problems include:
- Lack of Mobility
- Extra Effort for Nonverbal Cues
- Viewing Yourself During the Call
- Too Much Close Up Eye Contact
If you’re participating in back-to-back Zoom meetings all day, you need to schedule breaks for yourself. You need to be able to turn off your video, walk around, stretch your legs, and perhaps get some fresh air in the sunshine. You can opt for shorter meetings as a buffer, too.
Another suggestion includes hiding your view during calls to not always focus on your perspective during a virtual session.
The Stanford study author insightfully likened watching yourself on the screen to being followed around an office all day with a mirror. Yikes- we can see why that would be stressful!
In a statement made by Zoom to USA Today, the technology company noted: “While for some the transition has been seamless, for others it has been challenging.
We’re all learning this new way of communicating and adjusting to the blurred lines between work and personal interactions.”