• Lluís M. Ventura

Why are remote meetings so exhausting?

One might think that physically commuting to the office is more exhausting than staying comfortably at home and turning on the computer to hold a meeting. Ok, it might be. Remote meetings may even have been fun for the first few days. However, there are some aspects of remote meetings that are really tiring and this is why.

It requires more focus.

Paying more attention to non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, or body language consumes a lot of energy.

Delays on getting an answer.

It is not a natural silence, unlike in a face-to-face conversation. In remote meetings, it is not weird to wait up to two seconds to get a response. This waiting makes people unconsciously anxious.

Being watched.

In remote meetings, you are aware of being watched. On one hand, it is uncomfortable to see how you look on the screen all the time, on the other hand when it is you who talks, it is like being on a stage: everyone’s looking at you.

No ice-breaking.

Sometimes you don’t know the people in the meeting. In face-to-face meetings, it is easier to break the ice but in remote meetings, you suddenly see the faces of some unknown people on the screen, aware that you are unknown to them too, probably concerned about offering a good first impression.

Comeet is a new way to take meeting notes that keep in you Calendar, allows the team to be ready collaboratively, and to be synched always, even remotely.

Being worried about kids running in.

There are some things you can’t control completely, and this is one of them.

“Am I frozen?” “Am I the only one not hearing him?”

This can generate insecurity.

So, how can we reduce this fatigue in remote meetings?

  1. Limit the number of remote meetings a day.

  2. Make sure you have breaks between meetings.

  3. Avoid multitasking.

  4. Ask yourself: Could this topic be accomplished by speaking to an individual? Transform meetings into conversations or even better “Can this meeting be an email?