One thing that Covid has proved is that we are actually amazing specimens, capable of managing our own time, producing stuff without the big cheese over our shoulder and, well... getting on with it. We’ve found new ways of doing things and, in many cases, enjoyed the flexibility. Replacing an early morning traffic jam with a jog or a coffee ride (you know who you are), and by figuring out tools called Zoom, Teams, Monday.com and Telegram, we’ve revolutionised the archaic 8-5 office regimen for good.
Enter Mr Zoom addict.
“That meeting could have been an e-mail” is alive and revived and now worse than ever. Back-to-back ‘jumping’ onto Zoom meetings has created a new monster in the workplace and Zoom fatigue emerges.
Although we provide clients with great solutions, tools and techniques for effective online and remote working, many managers seem to skip a crucial first step: Does this need to be a meeting? So, before you head on over to your favourite meeting tab, ask yourself a few questions like:
Weekly meetings, status updates, exco meetings, our calendars are overlapping with Zoom links, and Teams invites, but very often the meeting is futile and mostly just a waste of time and money. Think about the cost of your entire team sitting in a weekly status update for 40 minutes, when honestly that could have been an old-school email, phone call or, if you must – voice note.