Culture Erosion & Zoom Fatigue in Remote Work

December 1, 2020

Culture Erosion & Zoom Fatigue in Remote Work

Did you catch Voodle at Running Remote last month? Our Chief Customer Officer Rachel Lanham joined the world’s largest remote work conference to listen, learn, and share what we’ve got to offer here at Voodle when it comes to remote work. She hosted the panel The Future is Hybrid with the all-star lineup of Hassan Osman (Cisco), Davit Baghdasaryan (Krisp), Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy (Zoho Corporation). As a part of the session, we asked: “Which remote work struggle does your team suffer from the most?” Over 60% of respondents chose either culture erosion or zoom fatigue in remote work.

After pivots towards remote work due to COVID, culture erosion and Zoom fatigue exploded as workplace phenomena. Now that we’re all remote, company culture tends to suffer. We miss the “water cooler moments,” the in-person happy hours, and the casual brainstorming opportunities we had with office life. Thankfully, Voodle restores human connection with async short video that reinvents the way your team interacts, collaborates, and works. Voodle has tips for your team to not just survive, but thrive in the future of work!

Let’s Talk Culture Erosion

Lack of Preparation for Remote Work

Even for organizations that had a strong company culture pre-COVID, many of the rituals and relationships hang in the balance now. Years of establishing effective norms for an in-person experience through trial and error may fade from relevance. We must accept the learning curve of an abrupt shift to remote work, and recognize the challenges facing us now.

Draining Company Culture

In the new reality, we lose out on the organic human interaction we associate with our former work structure. This loss proves to be draining on most of us. A recent poll showed that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most stressed, “average stress score was at 6.4 with 37 percent of respondents feeling very to extremely stressed.” As a result, it is urgent that leadership prioritizes employee experience. We lack the stimulation of shared office space and must find alternatives to maintain that motivating force.  

Addressing Culture Erosion

Breathe & Reframe

Fear won’t help us adapt. No matter how overwhelming culture erosion may seem, we must hold onto our agency in our work culture. Lots of companies (including Voodle) have remote workplace challenges today, and you can view this time as an opportunity for innovation and modernization. Yes, everyone’s stressed. But this reality demands a future that rightfully centers employees and the full human experience, which benefits everyone. Check out how the Thrive XM Index’s 2020 Report excellently breaks down The Case for Employee Experience Driving Business Results.

Adapt Company Culture

As we recommended in our earlier blog post, 3 Steps to Maintain Culture in a Remote Work World, you can choose this time to:

  1. Revisit Core Values
  2. Create New Rituals
  3. Re-Think Workplace Culture Building Activities

Not every element of your old company culture translates over to remote work perfectly, but you do have tools at your disposal to enable this transition. With Voodle, you can post short video messages to your teams as the new standup from leadership, recap of projects, shout out for excellent work, and more. Video captures the emotion and experience of human connection more effectively than text by putting an actual face and voice to your teammates.

What About Zoom Fatigue in Remote Work?

Not Everything Has to be a Meeting

The knee jerk reaction from many organizations making the shift to remote work, or distributed teams, was to do everything the same as before… just online. Many elements of our previous workdays don’t translate over that simply, and our meeting schedules are a prime example. Overscheduling can undercut the advantages of remote work, such as employee productivity, autonomy, and engagement.

Zoom Fatigue

The COVID crisis didn’t invent Zoom fatigue, but it sure exacerbated it. Sitting in on video meetings all day is a strange, partial imitation of the human connection we used to know. As put in Forbes earlier this year, “Our minds are together when our bodies feel we’re not. That dissonance, which causes people to have conflicting feelings, is exhausting.” We’re all tired. Stop forcing Zoom meetings.

Concrete Tactics to Fight Zoom Fatigue in Remote Work

Pause.

Ask yourself if you really need to schedule this Zoom meeting. Can you capture what you need to articulate in a message? With Voodle, you can use short video communication to relay the message in the appropriate tone and emotional connection in under 60 seconds. Your teammates can even play your voodle back at 2X speed. No Zoom fatigue here!

Use Async Communication

An easy way to alleviate your video chat meeting schedule is to incorporate meaningful breaks between video calls. An even better way is to embrace asynchronous communication. Async communication allows your team to relay and respond to relevant information at times that make the most sense for their existing work practices.

Use Voodle to Combat Culture Erosion & Zoom Fatigue in Remote Work

You’re not alone in experiencing culture erosion and Zoom fatigue in remote work. Async short video provides a superior alternative to zoning out in your next meeting. Shoot your teammate a quick Voodle to get your point across, celebrate team wins, or launch an asynchronous brainstorming session with your team. Everyone can view and respond at their own pace, without disrupting their workflow.

Voodle uses short video messages to keep your team connected not just as co-workers, but as people. You can invigorate your company culture and authentically meet your employees where they are during these unpredictable times. Sign up for Voodle FREE today to see how we can keep your company culture lively!