Teleworking and Video Conferencing: What Is Zoom Fatigue And How To Fight It?

A year ago employees discovered teleworking … video conferencing in pajamas / shirts, time management, less public transport … If teleworking was received fairly well at the start of the pandemic, a year later it brings some additional complaints.

Fatigue, headaches, visual disturbances, pain … The specialists have even given this new chronic fatigue a name: Zoom fatigue! According to a study recently carried out by the University of Ludwigshafen in Germany, 60% of teleworkers suffer from this new fatigue … danger of attention for the future!

Students, employees and the self-employed are all concerned about the excessive use of video conferencing … Today we’re even making a video for an aperitif! Enough is enough, we have to slow down!

Living with Zoom Fatigue.

15% of people who say they develop a fatigue zoom think it is permanently poisoning their lives. Most notice symptoms such as irritability, headache, back pain, or visual disturbances. Teleworking is believed to be the cause of these diseases by increasing the stress rate of employees. Meetings are held on video, which does not always work properly, the exchange is via email, the stress of a late reply arises … And this is additional stress that was not face-to-face.

Why do we suffer from zoom fatigue?

Multi-screens, blue lights, lighting that is not suitable for work, or even poor sitting … All of these factors have consequences for our body and mind. During a video conference call, it happens that the intonations or gestures are not perceived, which hinders understanding. Connection problems, interrupted conversations or interventions by several third parties, the brain has to compensate for the deficiencies associated with this new practice … And it gets tired faster than normal.

Multi-tasking, for an extra charge!

Multisasking means doing several things at the same time, e.g. For example, you can take part in a video conference but at the same time reply to a text message or to your child by turning off the microphone and camera! It also means finishing a report while having a video conference … The brain is used much more often than in a face-to-face meeting where there are no external “parasites”.

Multi-tasking, for an extra charge! Photo credit: Shutterstock / Girts Ragelis

How do I fight zoom fatigue?

Since the phenomenon is relatively new but perfectly recorded, there is unfortunately no magic bullet. However, psychologists advise prohibiting multi-tasking by focusing on a single task. However, they also prefer calling or emailing instead of video conferencing, which is not always required.

And even if you work from home, it is highly recommended that you move away from any screen, for example to have a coffee … at least 10 minutes every two hours! We don’t know how long teleworking will take, so you might as well take the lead. And avoid this ever increasing fatigue zoom!