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Career advice: Combating video chat fatigue

By: Hays Recruitment Expert on August 14th, 2020

If you are experiencing unusual tiredness you are not alone. From Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype and everything in between, our days quickly fill up with video chat appointments. As we try to use video chat to compensate for the loss of face-to-face interaction, it is important to take a step back and ensure we do not get overwhelmed. Follow these tips below to help prevent video call burnout.

Consider other channels

As we have gotten into our work from home routines, video chat has become the go-to option when trying to communicate, but it’s important to remember that video chatting doesn’t always need to be the answer. Email, instant messaging and phone calls can be just as effective to use when communicating effectively and can sometimes involve less strain than video calling. So next time you need to talk to a colleague ask yourself, do I need to schedule a video chat or can this be addressed in an email or a quick instant message?

Create an agenda

You're not alone if you find that sometimes your conversations can get off track. We’ve all been there, where the conversation starts with what was supposed to be a quick “how are you” but you look at the time and 20 minutes have already gone by. Sometimes conversations you’ll need to have structure so that they stay on track. To help prevent yourself from staying on a call longer than you need to, set an itinerary ahead of time. Plan out key talking points and assign a time limit to ensure the meeting has a clear objective and everyone understands their take-aways. Remember, you can always set up a separate time to catch up with co-workers.

Evaluate when it’s necessary to turn your camera on

Constantly having your camera on can be exhausting because it can feel like you need to put on a performance. Making sure your background is suitable, you’re sitting up right, looking presentable and feeling the need to constantly smile into the camera can all be exhausting. You can have your camera off and still show that you’re present and engaged in a meeting by speaking up when necessary and asking questions. Determine what conversations warrant you to turn on your webcam versus others. For example, if it’s a meeting with stakeholders you should probably have your camera on, but if it’s an informal check-in meeting with co-workers it might not be necessary.

Try not to multitask

When on a video call, it can be tempting to try and do multiple things that we weren’t able to do previously in the office, such as checking emails. This can cause cognitive overload, so to avoid overwhelming yourself and only focus on the call you are on. Try closing any open tabs, your email and messaging platforms to prevent distractions. Concentrating on one thing at a time means your brain doesn’t need to work as hard to process information.

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