Remote working has provided employees numerous advantages to their lifestyle and work. However, there are also some disadvantages when working from home. A new study published by RedRex – a pioneering team of Web developers, has shown that virtual meetings can be a problem on the side of remote work.
Although some virtual meetings are essential to communication, the study revealed that a substantial percentage of employees feel that regular meetings create stress, waste time and fatigue, and reduce productivity.
The rise of Video Conferencing Software
The pandemic saw increased remote working and the apparent need for more virtual meetings. However, video conferencing has been growing year over year since 2000. Rednex discovered that time spent in video-based meetings has increased by 8-10% per year since the start of the new millennium. In 2020, the number of remote workers who used video conferencing was 48% and was expected to rise to 77 percent in 2022.
Today, most employees spend up to one-third of their time in video-based meetings. Interestingly, 55% claim they have more meetings than they did while working exclusively at the desk.
It’s not only one-off meetings; there are many meetings each week and even during a single day. As many as 35 percent of remote workers report they attend multiple virtual meetings during the week, and 17% report having several virtual conferences daily.
How virtual meetings waste time
The quality of meetings is not the issue; naturally, remote employees classify most meetings as such. The study conducted discovered that seven percent of employees believed their time was wasted because of ineffective or canceled appointments.
The study will allow you to understand why many remote workers believe they are not getting value from virtual meetings. Having meetings wait to begin causes workers to be sacked and relegated approximately 11 minutes for each session, which can add up to 3 days annually. This is more severe for executives at the top, who are losing around 16 minutes of meetings per day which equates to approximately six days a year.
On top of that, there are the 30 minutes 40% of workers are looking for the best way to join a meeting. Consider that 42 percent of remote workers provide absolutely nothing to every engagement.
A typical 31 hours a month is spent on unproductive meetings, and 56 percent of remote workers seek to cut down on the time they devote to virtual meetings.
Inefficient or wasted time isn’t the only problem.
Stress is increased, and digital fatigue rises.
The endless virtual meetings experienced by remote workers have raised stress levels and have brought another issue to deal with, in the form of digital fatigue.
Remote workers list the most common reasons for digital fatigue as meetings that are too long (56 percent) and glancing at screens for prolonged periods (52 percent), panels that have no excuse (49 percent), and continuous eye contact (35 percent).
Redbox found that the main reasons for the increased stress levels resulted from the larger screens that obstruct the feeling of private space, and our faces were also visible on the screen, which raised awareness and stress. A lack of mobility in an online meeting significantly contributed to stress.