Last year, the world of work experienced a huge shift practically overnight as meeting attendees switched from rushing between conference rooms to rushing to find the right Zoom link. While the medium of meetings has shifted for many of us, our need to come together in groups to collaborate, discuss project progress and tackle work challenges is unchanged and ever present.
In fact, the number of meetings per day has actually increased since many workplaces adopted remote working processes in 2020. A recent “Future Workforce Pulse Report” predicted the continued increase in remote working arrangements beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual meetings are good for remote communication (as long as you have good connectivity), they can be fast, efficient and save costs associated with in person meetings; however, as with everything there is also a negative aspect to virtual meetings, namely:
To combat fatigue, it is recommended that you:
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to reducing virtual meeting fatigue or to eliminating “bad” meetings. Be willing to adapt and grow. Experiment with different meeting strategies or platforms. Adjust as needs change or evolve. Rely on meeting best practices and develop a tailored response to make sure your next virtual meeting energizes rather than drains.
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