38%: Percentage of workers who say they’ve experienced video call fatigue since the start of the pandemic
What it means to HR leaders
With COVID-19 prompting a massive work-from-home model, employers and HR leaders have tried to best understand how to manage and connect with their remote workers. Virtual meetings have become the norm for many companies, but experts warn that an overload of such meetings can hurt employee mental health, leaving them more exhausted and stressed.
“Video calls became the go-to way for professionals to connect, collaborate and build rapport at the start of the pandemic,” says Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. “While effective in some instances, they can be draining in others and are best used in moderation.”
Robert Half recommends that, for video calls, managers set expectations from the get-go, make sure the technology works and limit the guest list, as small groups tend to be more effective and engaged.
Corporate leaders may want to come up with–or embrace–other ways to connect with employees.
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