In our third month of the COVID-19 lockdown, we’ve had to learn to adjust to this new normal. Here are five of the most interesting articles published this month in the field of team and leadership development!
Our central question this month is this: how do we engage our team virtually?
Don’t Stop Development During Quarantine (John Philbin)
This article gets right to the heart of what we at Summit have been telling our clients since the lockdown began. Team Building and Training programs are just as important now, maybe even more so, than when we were meeting in person. Teams and team members are under tremendous stress right now and are dealing with significant stress. Great leaders recognize this and provide support to help their team through these challenging times. There are many great virtual team building and training options available for you to take advantage of now.
The Reason Zoom Calls Drain Your Energy (Manyu Jiang)
Have you been spending a lot of time on video calls these days? Us too. For some strange reason, we find them more tiring than phone calls or in person meetings.
This article sheds some light on it. Technology, timing, personal space, and focus all lend themselves to energy zap. As this form of communication is our current normal and will become increasingly more popular even when we are back to your “new normal” how do we alleviate some of the energy drain. Check out this article and see what you can learn.
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I seem to have 3, 4, 5, 6 and more video calls a day and I don’t think I am the only one. Not only do I long for the old fashioned days of in person meeting, I find this video format exhausting. Have you got Zoom fatigue by Stylist sheds some light onto this new phenomena. Coming from a stylist point of view they identify one of the main differences between a video call and an in person meeting is that on the video call you are constantly seeing yourself. This leads to you consciously or unconsciously analyzing your appearance and performance. They call this “impression management” and it is not just for the vain. Interesting. Check it out.
What’s Zoom Fatigue? Here’s Why Video Calls Can Be So Exhausting. (Ryan W. Miller)
I found this very interesting article in USA today “What’s Zoom fatigue?” in my continued search to understand why video calls are so draining. This informative article takes a psychology approach. We are meetings and we see each other, but we are not really together. Where are we anyway. This can be hard for our brains to compute. We are also focusing on many people at the same time similar to watching 10 different TV shows simultaneously. Exhausting and hard to follow. We are watching for all the little facial and body language cues from so many people all at once. So what can we do about this? Not every call needs to be a video call. Go audio only every now and then. The novelty of using video can be scaled back a bit and it will be good.
My Virtual Social Life is Exhausting (Mary Elizabeth Williams)
As I continue to learn about video call fatigue I came across this article “My virtual social life is exhausting: Turns out zoom cocktail hours can burn you out, too”. Although this article has a social angle to it, it totally pertains to business environments as well. There are many great insights in this article that can help you determine how and when to use a video call and what you can do to reduce the fatigue caused by over doing it. Check it out.