Much Ado About All Those Meetings – Beating Conference Call Fatigue
Have you ever heard of conference call fatigue? I guarantee you’ve felt it. I’m not talking about meetings that are frustrating because of poor preparation or a conversation that is not relevant to your job. I’m talking about the seemingly normal conference calls that leave you feeling exhausted or burnt out as soon as you hang up.
Conference call fatigue is real and while you may think it’s more of a pain than an issue for your business – think again. Here’s how conference call fatigue can negatively impact your employees and some simple solutions to counter it.
You’re not hearing everything
Bad quality connections lead to bad quality meetings. Using a bad quality conference call system can impact what you hear, as well as what you don’t. This results in struggling to understand words, phrases, and tone of voice. Subconsciously your brain is doing more work to fill in the gaps of the conversation – working overtime trying to understand the message.
You’re probably multitasking
I get it – most of us multitask, especially on conference calls. We may have too much on our plates, pressing deadlines, or may be just plain bored. The data proves it – 57% of people admit to multitasking on conference calls vs. only 4% on video calls.
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking has a negative impact on productivity and brain power. Multitaskers tend to experience 40% lower productivity, take up to 50% longer to accomplish tasks and make up to 50% more errors.
A strong video conferencing or meeting solution that streamlines your office communications.
Why, you ask?
Improved focus, visual connection, and productivity. Video conferencing makes interacting with colleagues, partners and customers simple and reliable while bringing internal teams closer together regardless of distance. You’re able to see facial expressions, tell if people are receptive to what you’re saying, or catch on if there’s any confusion.
It’s a breakthrough in feeling more connected to the person (or people) on the other end of the line. Not only does it improve relationships in the workplace, it also increases the productivity and effectiveness of team collaboration.
Video conferencing done right will reduce the fatiguing effect that employees feel when talking with customers, partners, and friends using Audio-only conference calls. Video conferencing done wrong will create more frustration then anyone cares to think about.
The problem with video conferencing starts with the software
Before you begin, you need to ensure that you choose the right platform that fits the demands of your business. Zoom has been a top partner of MacroNet and our team has gone to great lengths to ensure that customers properly implement Zoom across their desktop and mobile devices. You can learn more about Zoom here.
Here are some things to look for in a strong video conference and meeting solution:
- Easy to adopt- you need a solution that can be quickly adopted by your employees, no matter their technical skill level
- Unparalleled usability – meetings should be easy to start, join, and collaborate from anywhere, on any device.
- High quality HD Audio and Video
- Built-in collaboration tools – multiple participants can share their screens simultaneously and co-annotate for more interactive meetings
- Streamlined calendaring – support scheduling or starting meetings right from your inbox
Macronet has developed partnerships across the video conferencing world for both software, hardware, and implementation partners. We enjoy these projects because they have huge impacts to employees enjoyment in the workplace on a daily basis. Once your employees start using video conferencing the right way, they’ll never turn back to audio only meetings.
Ready to talk?
Let us show you exactly how much of an impact a strong video conferencing and meeting solution will have on your business. Speak with a MacroNet team member, today!