CHAPTER 13

How to Combat Video Call Fatigue

by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

If constant video calls leave you more exhausted at the end of your workday than you used to be, you’re not alone. In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as remote work accelerated, mentions of “Zoom fatigue” popped up on social media and Google searches for the same phrase spiked.

Why do we find video calls so draining? There are a few reasons.

In part, it’s because they force us to focus more intently on conversations in order to absorb information. Think of it this way: When you’re sitting in a conference room, you can rely on whispered side exchanges to catch you up if you get distracted, or you can ask quick, clarifying questions. During a video call, ...

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