Getting up late, scrolling up and down the screen for innumerable times, texting, calling and sending voice messages; this is how a day begins now. Staying inside four walls has undoubtedly made people spend more into the virtual space.
With the strict implementation of lockdown and social distancing norms, normal life has become a distant possibility. And the only possible manner in which people can connect and communicate is through social media applications.
Among the social media applications, the most used is the ‘Zoom’. The regular users of zoom range from school students to veterans. This includes companies too. Employers guide their employees in their works through virtual calls and meetings.
If earlier employees complained about the long sleepy hours of meetings in air-conditioned conference rooms, they are whining of the sluggish zoom calls now. There are a lot of things to be taken care of while conducting virtual meetings or else the meetings are of no use to both the listeners and the speaker.
Sunil Singh, the CHRO of Cadila says that many executives complained about the zoom calls which leave them with no productive time. Besides the WFH where employees are glued to the screen, these long virtual sessions are putting them in mental and physical strain.
This condition is termed as ‘Zoom Fatigue’. The word has been added to the corporate lexicon in the last three months.
Unlike in real life, employees have to constantly sit and gaze at the camera to show that they pay attention to the speaker. And this is an uncomfortable task for many of them. The virtual conferences are often making employees sleepy and inactive to continue with the work they were engaged in.
Amit Das, director of Bennett Coleman says that the recent surveys evidently shows, prolonged conference calls, webinars and meetings creates a sense of overwork in employees thus reducing the productivity to 25 per cent.
This happens because of reasons like space constraint, technological glitches, increased side discussions, time-killing presentations and staring at the multiple visual backgrounds of a number of participants on zoom calls. Household distractions also add to the situation.
How to tackle Zoom Fatigue?
1. Wind up meetings on time.
2. Involve fewer attendees in virtual sessions.
3. Check all I.T infrastructural compatibilities with diverse platforms before the meeting.
4. Groom employees on meeting etiquette.
5. Respect the personal space and time of employees.
6. Fix breaks in between long conferences.
Any employer or meeting head should keep in mind that in virtual space, shorter sessions yield best results. Better to make zoom calls and conferences clear and concise.