Since this pandemic and Work From Home (WFH) started, have you ever felt more and more tired after working? Actually, when we work from home, we don’t really need to face the traffic jams, or wake up early to get ready as usual. But how can we feel more tired now than when we worked from the office? Hmm… be careful, maybe you are facing Zoom Fatigue.
Since the pandemic, we are required to immediately adapt by using various virtual meeting platforms such as Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom to communicate. Based on the results of research conducted on employees of Microsoft and several other companies, it shows that during the pandemic, the duration and number of meetings held by each person increases. This increased number of online meetings allows the emergence of Zoom Fatigue.
What is Zoom Fatigue?
Zoom Fatigue is a state of exhaustion, anxiety, and burnout caused by overuse of virtual communication platforms. Zoom Fatigue is characterized by feelings of frustration, difficulty concentrating, frequently forgets appointments or planned events, forgets conversations, misplaces items often, the appearance of physical illness such as muscle aches, fatigue and insomnia, and also problems with co-workers.
Read more about stress and burnout here: KALM Webinar for Populix: Free Yourself from Stress, 5 Stages of Burnout, Which One Are You?, and Bye-Bye Burnout: How to Prevent Burnout?
Let’s find out why this Zoom Fatigue can happen. Check out the article!
The Causes of Zoom Fatigue
Limited Social Interaction
Conducting online meetings makes it difficult for you to recognize facial expressions, voice intonation, and also maintain eye contact with the other person, so that it requires the brain to work harder until it is exhausted.
Expectations to Always ‘On’
With the ease of technology to conduct meetings, it makes it easier to conduct meetings that are not planned. As a result, working hours and boundaries are increasingly unclear. We seem to be required to always be in front of the laptop at all times.
Difficult to Find Conducive Situation
The atmosphere and home conditions are different for each person. Various disturbances such as signal difficulties, the sound of children crying, passing vehicles, of course, are very possible things to happen while online meeting. Those things often make it difficult for us to concentrate.
We understand that WFH makes the boundaries between work and personal life blurry. These broken boundaries force us to do a lot of work at once. Working while teaching our children how to do their homework? Just another thing we have to do. Fatigue is unavoidable.
The Stress Due to the Pandemic
We all agree that the pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our life. Fear and anxiety about our health. Even financial problems because of the economic downturn is an inevitable stressor.
Things We Can Do
Now, after understanding the causes, KALM will provide tips so that you all can minimize the impact. Here are the tips:
- Create a meeting agenda, starting from the hours, duration and discussion points that will be delivered.
- Improve your place to conduct online meetings such as looking for a quieter place, a comfortable sitting position, etc.
- Give pause between one meeting with another meeting to stretch, rest your eyes and brain.
- Turn off the camera if it’s possible, turning on the camera during a meeting can be very draining. So why not just turn it off if we can?
- Divert the discussion via chat, E-mail or audio call if possible.
If you feel tired every time you leave the virtual meeting room, it is better to immediately consult Kalmselor on the KALM App (download here). Don’t let your mental health condition become more serious!
For companies that want to improve the mental health condition of their employees, KALM also has Kalmporate services in the form of psychological assessments, webinars, workshops, and group counseling that are ready to help you. If you are interested and want to know more about Kalmporate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Written by: Nadya Anindita
Translate by: Rachma Fitria
Edited by: Rachma Fitria & Lukas Limanjaya
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