Tips for overcoming the strains of working virtually

July 2, 2020 Kelby Johnson

Back-to-back meetings can be physically and emotionally taxing under “normal” circumstances. From the stress of not having enough time in the day to get things done to the need to move between conference rooms and buildings to the productivity losses due to multi-tasking during meetings to keep up with responsibilities.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least the back-to-back schedule came with a change of scenery and some semblance of physical activity. But COVID-19 has forced millions of workers into the virtual realm, which carries with it the same (or expanded) back-to-back schedule expectations without the change of scenery – excluding creative virtual backgrounds, of course.

While working virtually offers a variety of benefits, there are also many negative consequences. The career guide company, Indeed, outlined some of the pros and cons of working from home in a March 2020 article. Some of the highlights are listed below.

Between June 3-10 2020, Providence conducted a system-wide survey across seven states to understand how caregivers working across every function – from marketing to patient support to human resources – feel about working virtually.

The results suggested that many caregivers are suffering from a loosely dubbed condition called “Zoom fatigue.” Regardless of the video tool used – Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx – the underlying notion of the Zoom fatigue concept is the stress and exhaustion that’s caused by a dramatic increase in using screens to connect and collaborate with peers and colleagues.

To help caregivers address some of the symptoms of our now always-on world of virtual video meetings, Providence offered some tips for self-care and how to “fatigue proof” meetings. The images below offer some guidance that Providence shared with its caregivers.

As workers across all types of businesses and functions adapt to the new normal of working virtually more often, it will be important for leaders to keep a pulse on how this new mode of collaboration is impacting peoples’ mental, emotional and physical wellness.

We hope you’ll find some of these tips useful. The next time you sit down in front of your screens, experiment with some of these tactics to help yourself and your colleagues.

If you're looking for additional tips to make working from home more productive and enjoyable, the professional development group Fingerprint for Success identified 50 tips to help people find work-life balance. Learn more


About the Author

Kelby has spent the last five years leading the content strategy, editorial programming, and brand storytelling for Providence. He's a connector with a passion is finding the cultural and expert insights that can be turned into relevant and helpful stories that help people live happy and healthy lives.

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