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Based out of New Jersey & Florida. Offering events across the U.S. and globally. Fully portable.
How Virtual Team Building Can Help With Zoom Meeting Fatigue
September 28, 2020
by Mary Ann Romano

How Virtual Team Building Can Help With Zoom Meeting Fatigue

Zoom is becoming a household verb. There is a mental exhaustion from all of this videoconferencing. Long stretches of direct eye gaze and faces seen close up—have suddenly become the way we interact with casual acquaintances, coworkers, and even strangers. This “Brady Bunch” grid forces us to pay attention and be more cognitive of every move we make on camera. When you’re on a video conference, you know everybody’s looking at you; you are on stage, so there comes the social pressure and feeling like you need to perform. Being performative is nerve-wracking and more stressful. Our physical reactions are more intensely scrutinized, our personal space is restricted and if we decide to lean back it may be interpreted as disengagement.

While our minds are together are bodies are not. That dissonance, which causes people to have conflicting feelings, is exhausting. You cannot relax into a conversation naturally. Silence is another challenge. Silence creates a natural rhythm in a real-life conversation. However, when it happens in a video call, you became anxious about the technology.

Short of less camera time, and finding ways to run more efficient, focused meetings, it looks like we are going to have to manage our virtual meeting fatigue a lot longer than hoped. One effective and energizing way to relieve Zoom fatigue is virtual team building. Taking a break from Zoom as a work platform with colleagues and allowing more organic, social interaction on non-work-related topics. A key element to successful virtual team-building events are the “live” hosts and facilitators. Having someone new, unrecognized, and gregarious will certainly garner more attention. Finding virtual team-building events that are engaging, offer lots of participation and even prizes are a perfect interlude.

Team Building Unlimited has designed and created a plethora of virtual team-building events with the sole purpose of uniting teams in the virtual world with an opportunity to unwind, relax, and turn the work mode off. Not only offering fun, entertaining events but making sure everyone has a comfort level to participate. Competition pumps of team spirit and morale. Chatrooms allow more casual conversations and chatter to blossom. Polls and host interaction also perpetuate the energy and social interaction. Every aspect of our virtual events is about feasibility, engagement, fun, and taking your work masks off. Virtual team building is more cost-effective and can easily accommodate mixed time zones and global groups.

During stressful times, taking a break to engage in activities that energize team spirit will help you and your employees maintain balance and positivity.

Reach out to us for more ways to unite your team virtually with online teambuilding events! It’s not too early to start thinking about end-of-year or holiday options either. We’re your source for virtual team fun and entertainment!


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