Screen fatigue is one of the disadvantage of setting your work remotely with your team. Video experience for conference or meetings might lead your team to experience severe screen fatigue. They are on the screen almost all day to stay connected with you and others. Hence, the risk is higher. However, you and your team can combat it well with the right strategies.
Dealing with screen fatigue due to remote work
You and your team might not only use video call for business conference and meeting but also for personal meeting. During this global pandemic, the order to work from home might be a double edges sword. It saves your time and money on transport. However, it increase the risk of you suffering from screen fatigue. This can be prevented and dealt with.
The increased screen time might lead to fatigue, depression and poor mental health. However, it is necessary to stay connected with your team. You can try some strategies to avoid them. For example, you can try scheduling your meeting for midmorning or later. It allows your team to settle in with everything they need. Thus, they don’t have to rush with device and other documents to prepare for the video conference so early in the morning.
You can try limiting the number of video call. You don’t have to set up your meeting through video call all the time. You can also use a simple phone call especially if it is nothing too urgent to discuss with your team. Or, you can also communicate through emails if it is something that doesn’t need immediate response. Four to five video calls a day is considered enough. More than that number, you might be overdoing it.
Schedule a video meeting where you and your team can discuss casually. For example, you can schedule a casual video conference once a week where you and your team can talk about other things outside business matters. This can be an opportunity to bonding. It is also a great chance for you as a leader to check up on your team’s well-being so you know how they are holding up with the situation.
Schedules a time in a day where you and your team can have a ‘do not disturb moment’ and not always ‘online’ all day long. During those times, there is no video call allowed unless necessary or very urgent. It gives your team a silent moment so they don’t always on edge anticipating someone video-calling them.
Make some adjustment of the default appointment length if possible. If you can cut the meeting from 30 minute to 20 minute, then do it. Flexible adjustment like this might appear insignificant but it can do wonder to reduce the stress or fatigue both for you and your team. This will also allow everyone to work on other things more efficiently since they have extra time. If possible, discuss about the ideal setting of video conference with your team.