As Halloween arrives, some of us are excited for things to get spooky. However, at work, many have been hearing scary words all year long: “Let’s schedule a zoom meeting.” After pivots towards remote work due to COVID, Zoom fatigue exploded as a workplace phenomenon. But fear not! Voodle has tips for your team to not just survive, but thrive this fall!
What’s So Scary?
Not everything has to be a meeting.
The knee jerk reaction from many organizations making the shift to remote work, or distributed teams, was to do everything the same as before… just online. Many elements of our previous workdays don’t translate over that simply, and our meeting schedules are a prime example. Overscheduling can undercut the advantages of remote work, such as employee productivity, autonomy, and engagement.
The COVID crisis didn’t invent Zoom fatigue, but it sure exacerbated it. Sitting in on video meetings all day is a strange, partial imitation of the human connection we used to know. As put in Forbes earlier this year, “Our minds are together when our bodies feel we’re not. That dissonance, which causes people to have conflicting feelings, is exhausting.”
What To Do?!
Ask yourself if you really need to schedule this Zoom meeting. Can you capture what you need to articulate in a message? With Voodle, you can use short video communication to relay the message in the appropriate tone and emotional connection in under 60 seconds. Your teammates can even play your voodle back at 2X speed. No Zoom fatigue here!
An easy way to alleviate your video chat meeting schedule is to incorporate meaningful breaks between video calls. An even better way is to embrace asynchronous communication. Async communication allows your team to relay and respond to relevant information at times that make the most sense for their existing work practices.
Download Voodle FREE to Get Rid of Zoom Zombies (aka Zoom Fatigue)
You’re not alone in experiencing Zoom fatigue. Short video communication provides a critical alternative to zoning out in your next meeting. Shoot your teammate a quick Voodle to get your point across or launch an asynchronous brainstorming session with your team. Everyone can view and respond at their own pace, without disrupting their workflow.
Download Voodle for free today to see what other Remote Work Monsters we can help you chase away!
Blog by Carly Dreme Calbreath - regular Voodle contributor who’s all about human connection through video and storytelling.