Study shows switching off the camera during the online video meetings helps workers to lessen their exhaustion

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has completely changed our living and working style, for instance, students attend their lectures online and many workers also have to work online such as attending conferences, etc. It is a fact that people cannot stare continuously at the screen, which makes you less creative and tired. If you are one of those workers who still, have to attend the office meeting through an online video call while gazing at the expressionless faces of your colleagues, the latest study has a suggestion for you. This will surely help you to decrease the level of work fatigue.

The experts including Allison Gabriel, McClelland scholar, and some of the professors from the University of Arizona have jointly conducted a survey. There were about one hundred and three participants involved in this study and more than fourteen hundred observations. The research was conducted for a month and has been recently published in the Applied Psychology Magazine. The researchers concentrated on the mental health of two groups of employees, one, who was attending their meeting with their camera on, and the other group of employees who had their camera off.

The team of researchers found that workers feel more exhausted when their camera is on during the virtual meeting and therefore, they were contributing less. The experts further observed that excluding the video camera make worker free from gazing each other’s faces; so that they can concentrate more on the main topics of the meetings. When their camera is activated during the virtual meeting, they will most likely to take many pressures such as whether they have a decent background view, they have to sit attentively all the time, and at the same time, they have to watch their kids so that they do not disturb them during the meeting.

Mostly women workers take much burden of looking attentive or have a better likelihood of childcare disturbances, and the fresh personnel thinks that they should turn on the camera so that they can show their constructiveness, Gabriel said. The lead researcher suggested to the officials who are conducting such virtual meetings that they should allow employees to turn on the camera if they feel comfortable or they can also switch it off as per their preferences. This is not the first experiment on the online meetings; another research was conducted about what workers feel while attending the virtual meetings and the end result of that was labeled as “Zoom Fatigue”.

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