How to Support Your Employees Struggling with Zoom Fatigue

It’s been a heavy year for all of us, but your employees may be struggling with something they don’t openly talk about. According to a study from work productivity specialist Virtira, nearly two-thirds of workers aged 18-24 said they experienced mental and emotional stress from spending an “unprecedented amount of time in front of webcams,” an experience being coined as Zoom fatigue.

Zoom fatigue will affect your employees emotionally, mentally, and physically. When your employees are not at their healthiest and sharpest then this will affect your business. Maybe they’ll start to make careless errors, drop productivity, or lose all their charm in client facing meetings.

What could that mean for your business?

HR advisory firms, like Simplify ER, can offer employment law help surrounding Zoom fatigue, but for now we’ll give you a brief synopsis on Zoom fatigue. Whether you’re noticing your employees are suffering from Zoom fatigue or you’re just hearing about it for the first time, it’s important you are prepared to support your employees for their health and the ongoing success of your business.

What exactly is Zoom fatigue?

As more and more people were forced to work from home due to the pandemic, video conferencing calls became the main source of communication both for personal and business reasons.

Alongside traditional video conferencing platforms like Skype and Microsoft Teams, Zoom became fundamental to daily life from everything to work meetings and sales calls to virtual pub quizzes and virtual birthday parties.

With so much time spent on video calls, it’s no wonder Zoom fatigue is more common than you’d think.

Eric Yuan, the CEO of Zoom admitted to struggling with Zoom fatigue after 19 virtual meetings in one day.

In fact, almost half of workers are now suffering from Zoom fatigue from the pressure of constant on-screen interaction. Here at Simplify ER, we want to eradicate this added stress with employment law help from our HR advisories.

Here is how you can recognise the signs

One of the most noticeable symptoms associated with Zoom fatigue is general despondence during a video call. With our experience providing employment law help, we’ve seen this demonstrated in a lack of interaction and the inability to focus compared to their behaviour a year prior, but here are a few more examples.

  • Lack of interaction
  • Inability to maintain focus
  • Easily frustrated by co-workers
  • Physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, eye strain and migraines
  • Being more withdrawn than usual

It’s vital for your employee’s health and the success of your business that you respond immediately when you start to see these signs. So, our team of HR advisors, experienced with employment law help, has offered a few brilliant tips below on how to put an end to Zoom fatigue.

How can you help as an employer?

There are multiple ways you can support your staff if you see signs of Zoom fatigue or know they’re suffering, but here are some examples.

  • Limit the number of video conferencing calls per day
  • Schedule breaks
  • Email or make a phone call when you can
  • Allow employees to have the choice of being ‘off-screen’
  • Keep video conferencing groups small when possible
  • Don’t schedule back-to-back meetings
  • Stick to ‘working day’ hours

However, one of the most important things to keep in mind is creating a culture of communication and transparency. Make sure that you’re approachable for your employees to come to you with their problems and feel comfortable.

A quick solution is to consider implementing internal meeting-free days where your team can get a bit of normality, at least internally.

Moving Forward with Video Conferencing

Although life is getting back on track slowly, it seems that video conferencing is here to stay for many SMEs. Whether that’s through alternate working from home patterns or fully remote working, ensure that the mental health of your employees is being fully considered.

For more employment law help and guidance from our team of trusted HR advisories, get in touch with us today at Simplify ER.

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