In 2022, 23% of American remote workers say their Zoom fatigue is higher than it’s ever been. Remote work has been an option for workers for years now, but after the pandemic most employees became more adept in holding and attending remote meetings via Zoom. The result: an increase of Zoom meetings and digital tasks that are beginning to take their toll on America’s remote workforce.
It has been proven that digital interaction can be more stressful than in-person conversations. On platforms like Zoom, faces seem larger and reduce the feeling of secure personal space. Seeing yourself on the camera presents you with increased self-awareness and anxiety as opposed to in-person meetings. Trying to decipher non-verbal communication cues can increase stress as well as over video it can be more difficult to decipher tone,reactions, or gestures.
All of these factors are adding up to an increase in fatigue during work and are severely affecting overall productivity in remote workers. A solution is greatly needed to assure that remote workers are staying productive and happy in their careers, so what can employers do?
For starters, reducing the amount of unnecessary remote meetings can increase productivity exponentially. This would solve many of the issues remote workers are bringing to employers’ attention, and it is an easy and cost effective solution. For more solutions to remote work fatigue, take a look at the infographic below: