Findings from the latest research by Bayfields Opticians & Audiologists has revealed that employees in the UK need an average of 47 minutes to prepare physically and mentally for work related calls on Skype, Zoom and Microsoft. Additionally, they require about 18 minutes post the call to return back to work-mode, with one in ten employees needing a minimum of 30 minutes post a video call to feel productive again.
The research reveals that on an average, employees today spend three hours 12 minutes every week on video calls, a jump of 120% in comparison to pre-lockdown times. A lot of time clearly goes in not just the virtual calls, but also preparing for these calls.
Here is a checklist for many as they get ready for virtual work calls:
Splashing water on your face to not let them know you have been skipping a bath since 3 days
Getting the wardrobe right, with matching PJs
Ensuring hair or wig don’t look out of place
Testing all the lights in the house to get that perfect well-lit video!
Getting the background right (with a mandatory bookshelf)
Announcing to the family that you are getting into a meeting, ‘please make less noise’ or please keep the doors closed
Moving kids to the other room, otherwise meetings be like:
Grabbing coffee and snacks to munch on
Grabbing treats for your pets to keep them fed
Rushing for your headphones to keep the only work and home boundary intact
Keeping the stress ball handy to let out some conference call steam (without a sound)
As soon as the meeting is done with:
With remote working here to stay for the foreseeable future, it appears we are in with video calls for the long haul.
While the above pointers capture only a few of the checklist items before a virtual work meeting, we would like to know what else goes into preparing for your work calls. Tell us in the comments below!
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