When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Zoom and other teleconferencing tools seemed like a godsend. As many more people learned to use them, we all learned basic rules (for example, “Do not bring your Zoom meeting into the bathroom with you”). Now it’s common to hear people complain about Zoom.
There are scientific reasons why Zoom calls are so exhausting. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks you can employ to make them less draining. In brief:
- Mitigate Zoom fatigue by changing your physical and tech setup. Try standing instead of sitting, hiding the view of yourself, etc.
- Try some conversation starters to help others participate, even if it feels awkward to you.
- Be respectful of basic meeting etiquette.
- Finally, consider changing the rules or format of a meeting if it doesn’t seem useful.
Download The Art of Zoom-versation (1 page PDF) for a complete set of tips!