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Death by a Thousand Meetings
How to reduce video-call overload
Pre-pandemic, white-collar workers felt meeting exhaustion. Then came Zoom fatigue. Now, they’re experiencing a bit of both, sometimes at the same time.
In this new stage of work, during which some people are back in the office, others are hybrid and some are permanently remote, many workers are being bombarded by an onslaught of meetings. And a lot of those meetings are now on video services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. But back-to-back meetings often breed exhaustion, a feeling of decreased productivity and sometimes even dread, leaving many to wonder how to escape death by meeting.
"We’re in uncharted water," said Steven Rogelberg, who teaches organizational science, management and psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "We just don’t know what the world of meetings looks like."