This week, we’ve focused on some best practices for teaching and learning using WebEx, and I’ve learned a lot from the comments and conversations that have resulted from our posts and FF@4’s.
Today, I want to confess that, much as I am getting into the groove of communicating via technology, I am also finding it tiring. By the end of the workday – and definitely by the end of the workweek, I am very glad to move away from my screen and not engage in either audio or video meetings!
My experience over the past six weeks got me wondering why I experience such fatigue from the technologically mediated forms of communication that is our new reality. So, I was delighted to come across an article that shed some light on the matter.
Researchers Gianpiero Petriglieri and Marissa Shuffler offer these points of understanding --
Being on a video call requires more focus than a face-to-face chat, because we have to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language; paying more attention to these consumes a lot of energy.
Silence on a video call can make us anxious, because it is less obvious why it is happening: Is the person just not speaking? Has the technology failed or is it actually your turn to speak and you’ve zoned out and missed the cue?
Being watched on screen means that some of our energy goes into wondering how we are being perceived, so that’s more energy that we are expending while on the call.
Petriglieri and Shuffler also offer some tips to help reduce fatigue from video conferencing:
Limit the number of video calls in any given day, if possible.
Offer – or ask for – the option to participate by audio only; turn off the camera.
Create a physical distance, if possible, between your work/screen-meeting space and your personal living space.
I try to discipline myself to shut down my laptop at the end of the workday and, at the end of the workweek, to pack up all my equipment and put it away. This helps me feel – and see – that the weekend has come. And on that note, I hope you each have a restful weekend.
-------------------------------How about you? What strategies have you developed to reduce, or recover from fatigue, that you may be experiencing due to online working these days? Sign in above, then join the conversation below. Source article: http://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200421-why-zoom-video-chats-are-so-exhausting
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