HRE’s Number of the Day: video meeting fatigue

38%: Percentage of workers who say they’ve experienced video call fatigue since the start of the pandemic

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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.”

See also: When the office goes, what happens to culture?

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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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.