How many hours a day are you on video calls? How many hours a day are your family members on video calls? How many hours a day are you clients and prospective clients on video calls?
While a lot of answers will depend on company culture, school requirements, and geography; I can tell you, with observable fact, that Zoom fatigue is real.
Psychology Today has published several pieces during the pandemic, on this subject specifically; and the topic intrigues many. It is a frequent conversation topic these days, for sure.
What Can You Do to Help Alleviate Zoom Fatigue?
Make cameras optional (or use phone only) for some internal meetings
Make meetings 50 minutes instead of 60 minutes to give all attendees a much needed break before their next meeting (I plan to focus on this big time in 2021!)
Use Zoom webinars instead of Zoom meetings for big groups, so only the presenters have to be "on"
Learn about your prospect's culture and ask them their preferences for 1:1 meetings and meetings with more than just a few people
Clearly communicate to meeting attendees ahead of time if they will be expected to have cameras on or off
Consider turning off your camera when others are presenting, or the meeting does not include active discussion
Research all platforms available to you and your customers, and consider using conference call lines instead of video invitations for some meetings
Ask people what they experience, feel or think when they have a lot of video calls in one day or one week - let them just tell you about their experiences
We can all play an active role in helping address this sudden and persistent problem.
What are you doing to combat Zoom fatigue?
Can you be an example for others?