Mixed professionals spend two hours or more on video conferencing each day. Global survey by dimensional search Commissioned by the technology company Cisco With 1408 corporate executives worldwide indicating that Exceeded the number of meetings One of the reasons why 42% of professionals decided to plan Leave your current job within the next two years.
With hybrid and remote work, conversations once held in a coffee shop or in the lobby became a Zoom call. The survey shows how fatigue caused by video conferencing is detrimental to employees on both a personal and professional level. “The main problem with the new telecommuting and hybrid paradigm is not the scaling up of meetings, but essentially the sequence of meetings, one by one, without interruption,” says Marcelo Moreira, Head of Collaboration Engineering at Cisco Latin America.
Appropriate technology is not available
The Lack of proper technology The calls are also passive. Almost 70% of respondents use laptops to participate in meetings, which, according to the expert, are not the most suitable equipment for engineering reasons, in addition to causing frustration with poor audio and video quality and background noise.
Less than half of the respondents said they had the technology to work remotely. “The survey showed that 8 out of 10 professionals say they finished the workday with a headache, neck or shoulder pain, among other physical health complaints,” Moreira says.
Over time, these physical issues can also become mental health issues. “With this, the professional loses engagement and productivity, which affects the demands of the job.”
How to reduce video conferencing stress
a hybrid work and the video conferencing As part of the new business model, the role of companies is to provide employees with the best technology to reduce meeting stress and reduce physical problems, as well as take steps to improve collaboration practices and reduce the burden of meetings. “It is important for leaders to rethink and invest in improving working conditions in the new hybrid work environment.”
for employees, Cultural changes in relation to meetings And the best technology It can help reduce fatigue. “A good hybrid work experience can contribute to increased job satisfaction, improved quality of life, greater engagement with the company, and increased productivity.”
New business models pay off: Research shows it 47% of remote or mixed professionals saw an increase in productivity. What’s missing, says the expert, is improving working conditions, focusing on employee well-being to get all the benefits – more engaged professionals, attracting and retaining talent, lower costs with less office space and more productivity.
The responsibility for changing the culture and investing in technology rests with companies and leadership, but employees can also do their part with these suggestions from Moreira:
- Avoid scheduling multiple meetings in a row;
- Respect the start and end time;
- Explain the purpose of the meeting in the invitation;
- seeking to change the workplace within the home;
- attend some meetings by walking;
- Respect meal times
- Maintain a healthy routine, with physical activities and meditation, for example.
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