In the past couple of years, companies have relied heavily on traditional video conferencing tools like Zoom, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, and Skype to name a few. While many software review websites and media publications will say that Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype are the best video chat applications, users have had a far different experience. These tools exhibit unnatural practices that are counteractive to how humans are developed.
The reasons are actually quite simple and logical. Many of the activities that happened and don’t happen in group video chats create Zoom fatigue. Here are the five primary causes of video conferencing burnout.
Since early 2020, the way people worked and communicated has shifted greatly. This rapid evolution generated compounding factors that exacerbated the rise of Zoom fatigue in 2020. According to Google Search Trends, searches for the phrase Zoom fatigue reached their peak in May 2020. This was the result of two managerial mistakes triggered by the immediate shift to remote work.
The first step, admit your team may have a problem. As a manager, it's important to get your team's feedback. Simply ask them if they feel that virtual meeting fatigue is a problem? If the answer is yes (most of the time it is), then make a plan for fixing it.
The inconvenient truth is that Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet are not fixable products. It's also unreasonable as a remote/hybrid manager to ask your team members to use a video conferencing tool that doesn’t align with your company’s overall needs. Therefore the solution is to find something that fits your team’s needs and your company’s goals.
If your team does have an issue, then the best alternative to traditional video chat software like Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype is a virtual workspace platform. It may feel stressful to ditch your company’s existing video conferencing software, but your team will thank you. Remember, it's a sign of a good leader to care about your team’s physical and mental well-being.
Unlike standard video conferencing software, virtual workspace software, sometimes called virtual office software, replaces the grid of video faces with an immersive virtual work environment.
Kumospace has been called the best virtual meeting app by remote and hybrid teams. This is because users find that Kumospace solves a lot of Zoom fatigue naturally. When a user is in a Kumospace they are interacting with small faces in an environment with virtual drinks, food items, and fun games. All these richly illustrated items (see the full furniture catalog) provide an opportunity for team members to engage with the environment and activity converse with team members in micro-daily interactions. Managers of teams that use Kumospace report happier team members, more collaboration, and stronger team bonds.
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