While many are still facing telework, it is important to start and / or continue to conduct effective virtual meetings. One thing that employers struggle with is the interaction component in virtual meetings.
Employees report feeling isolated and neglected. Most of us are social beings and rely on interaction all day long. It is easy to make the zoom presentations one-sided. The manager acknowledges the group, addresses the key points and the meeting ends. Well, employees can be multi-tasking in the background and not even paying attention. The content gets lost in the translation. However, there are several virtual meeting considerations for successfully engaging staff to adopt a learning and sharing mentality.
Here are some ways you can open the meeting:
- An icebreaker
- Share a win or poll
- Play a game of trivia
- Start with a stretch
- Finish a show and tell by getting a household item
There are plenty of non-traditional openers you can start a meeting with – from not going directly to business employees will feel more inclusive and with happiness reduces the feelings of being neglected and isolated. Other ways to combat zoom fatigue are scheduling shorter meetings, having a simple screen layout, walking and talking when acceptable, rotating meeting leaders, and creating a theme.