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Death by a thousand meetings: How to reduce video-call overload

By Danielle Abril

25 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

We are almost three years into the pandemic, and workers are still suffering from a barrage of video calls. The Washington Post has some useful tips on how to rethink meetings.

Pre-pandemic, white-collar workers felt meeting exhaustion. Then came Zoom fatigue. Now, they're experiencing a bit of both, sometimes at the same time.

In this new stage of work, during which some people are back in the office, others are hybrid and some are permanently remote, many workers are being bombarded by an onslaught of meetings. And a lot of those meetings are now on video services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. But back-to-back meetings often breed exhaustion, a feeling of decreased productivity and sometimes even dread, leaving many to wonder how to escape death by meeting.

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