It's no secret that video calls have become a staple part of life in the last year. Video calls have seen companies and software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams soar as more of us work from home than ever before! However, this is resulted in a lot of us feeling fatigued after a day full of video meetings, leaving us feeling unproductive and drained.
A survey found 44% believe video calls are the future which makes sense given that the majority of companies have made the decision to have some of their departments become fully remote to save on office space.
But how could this affect missing out on body language, nonverbal cues and the need for face-to-face contact? Could it make video calls a more challenging part of the working world? Here are some helpful tips to keep that personal touch to your meetings.
1. Insist on visibility. Remind yourself and your team that there are people behind the screen and that you are all one team! Plus if people have to put their camera on then they are more likely to pay attention.
2. Schedule some Do Not Disturb time. It's so important to put time on your calendar that is away from meetings so that you can actually get on with your work and responsibilities.
3. Send it as an email. Probably the biggest complaint with virtual meetings is when a meeting is called that could have been sent via email. If you can make it an email then do so. Trust us, your colleagues will thank you for it.
4. Ask for feedback. Finally, to make sure your meetings are relevant and engaging, ask for feedback afterwards. Not only will this encourage your colleagues to bring forward new ideas in the future, but it will also improve your presentation skills
The last year has certainly changed the working world and potentially for the better if Regus' survey is anything to go by. So long as we remember these tips then it should help prevent us from becoming fatigued from countless video meetings.