Surviving Zoom Fatigue: Keys to Thriving in a Virtual World

Have you experienced Zoom Fatigue?

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I wouldn’t be surprised if so. Many of us are still working remotely or taking more advantage of video conferencing as a way to communicate and connect with colleagues and friends. But the excessive use of it has led to a phenomenon called “zoom fatigue”. Zoom Fatigue is the exhaustion that results from consistent video conferencing on all types of platforms like zoom, WebX, Face Time, Google Hangouts, Teams, etc.

Some of the factors that contribute to Zoom Fatigue include the difficulty in processing non-verbal cues, delays due to technology, the need to be performative, and the loss of social variety. Zoom fatigue can lead to increased stress and burnout, which can negatively affect productivity, engagement, and employee wellbeing.

And if it has the potential to impact our wellbeing then our sense of psychological safety is at risk as well. So today, I’m sharing a video that includes some tips for coping⬇️

Further digging into some of these tips for Zoom Fatigue  ⬇️

🧘🏽 Prioritize well-being 🧘🏽

Start meetings by checking in on how everyone is doing, and encourage team members to share what’s motivating them. We actually start our meetings with gratitude over here. This can foster a sense of community and support more open communication.

🎥 Make camera use optional 🎥

Give team members the option to keep their cameras off or to move their computer screens away from their faces. This will help to reduce the pressure to perform and create a more natural conversation environment.

☎️ Limit video calls ☎️

Only schedule video calls when they’re necessary. Quick check-ins can be done over the phone or email, and this can be just as effective.

🔋 Take breaks 🔋

It can be easy to stack meetings back to back but it’s important to give yourself opportunities throughout the day to recharge. You might grab a snack, stretch, or whatever works for you.

⚠️ Create transition routines ⚠️

When you’re transitioning from your work day to the rest of your day, do something to acknowledge that shift and break up the monotony of your day. This can help you stay intentional and present where you are. This can be anything from taking a walk, to expressing gratitude, to going for a quick drive. Again, find what works for you.

Our Stress Resilience training and resources are all about those quick, actionable things you can do throughout your day to manage stress and create psychological safety. If your organization is looking for practical ways to support employee wellbeing, let’s chat!

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