Stanford researchers revealed “Zoom fatigue”

Some media including El Pais reported that people feel more fatigue in videoconferences than in face-to-face meetings. In 2020, the pandemic occurred, and most of us experienced restricted new life.

For example, some countries imposed on severe restrictions for our movement and other things. People should work at home and went out only if it was necessary. As a result, they had to use videoconference tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams without their desire.

In 2021, we are still facing the same difficulties as in 2020. Of course, vaccine rollout is progressing, but many national or regional governments recommend that citizens work at home. Therefore, we have to be accustomed to what is called “new normal” or “next normal”. At the same time, it causes new challenges. “Zoom fatigue” is one of them.

Stanford researchers studied how we feel differently when we attend videoconferences compared to face-to-face meetings. In video conferences, it is difficult for us to understand non-verbal communications. In addition, we have to see ourselves in a display of laptops, smartphones and tablets when we use the tools. These factors make us more tired, and it is tough to avoid them too.

Who is Zoom?

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. is an American communications technology company. Its head office is located in San Jose, California. It provides video, voice, contents sharing and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform. The service is useful in several occasions such as teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.

Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. According to Zoom’s homepage, its vision is that Video communications empowering people to accomplish more

How to improve remote working

When we think of remote working, we must keep the fact that we cannot control everything in our mind. Therefore, it is better for us to consider what we can control or what we cannot separately.

For example, if we are working in a big company employing more than 10K employees, we cannot decide its HR policies. If the company asks its employees to work at home, they will do. If the company asks them to work at its offices, they will do, too. In this sense, organizations that create rules or regulations are important to make remote working better.

As we the other article about Spain’s case, the country set a new decree that regulates remote working. Of course, there is no complete answer, but we need trial and error to improve our working environment.

When it comes to “Zoom fatigue”, there are good implications for companies as well as employees. Even if each employee cannot control working environment, we should adapt new situations by understanding our experiences and scientific data. If we experience the course of trial and error, we will be able to come up with the better way for remote working.