Your real reason for turning off your camera isn’t #zoomfatigue

by | Nov 15, 2021 | Best Practices, Future of Work, Meeting Performance

Seemingly everyone who is not a meeting scientist has a theory or piece of research to support the claim that you should turn off your camera during meetings, most recently in this Harvard Business Review article.

None of this new research conjoins camera activity to meeting quality. Simply stated: blinded meetings lose the visual cues that drive most of human-to-human behavior.

Instead, too many people are simply comfortable wallowing in the mire of meetings that suck.

As Nir Eyal recently described in his article, The Pinky Promise, “the root cause of all human behavior is the desire to escape discomfort.”

Turning off the camera is the comfortable thing to do – and it matches previous behavior.

But it’s not the right thing to do.

Instead, per a real meeting scientist, Joe Allen, “leaving cameras on, making meetings engaging, and learning how to reduce meetings by making them better takes effort.”

Working smarter with meetings also means working a little bit harder to make them worth it. But there’s no downside to making every second of your life count.

#zoomfatigue #meetings #meetingscience #neuroscience #humanbehavior #endlessmeetings #meetingfacilitation #meetingmanagement #meetingtips

Related Posts

Fumbling Toward (Remote? Flexible? Hybrid? Office?) Ecstasy

Fumbling Toward (Remote? Flexible? Hybrid? Office?) Ecstasy

You are not part of the first company nor the last to try and solve the post-pandemic 'how do we really work now?' problem of 2022 and beyond. Here are three recent articles on how different companies manage (or not) the transition (or not): 1) Bloomberg - Employees...

The (Not So) Surprising Impact of Meeting-Free Days

The (Not So) Surprising Impact of Meeting-Free Days

Could you reduce your meetings to zero meetings per week? Could that outweigh the perceived benefits of social interaction and cohesion? And how about productivity and stress? Determining these outcomes was the objective of a recent study published in MIT Sloan. In...

The Ultimate Guide to Meeting Agendas

The Ultimate Guide to Meeting Agendas

95% of meetings need agendas, period. The science on this is clear. Unfortunately, too often we see the opposite to be true, namely, that on average, just 5% of meetings have agendas for the average meeting attendee (or organizer). While disheartening, it's not...

Timing May In Fact Be Everything

Timing May In Fact Be Everything

Daniel Pink, the best-selling author of the newly released The Power of Regret, published another New York Times best-selling book in 2018 titled When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In that book, he reveals, through meticulous research, that, among other...

Related Content

MeetingScience featured in Forbes - click here to learn more

This website stores cookies on your computer. We use these cookies to collect information on how you interact with our website and allow us to remember you. We use this information in order to improve and customize your browsing experience and for analytics and metrics about our visitors. To find out more about the cookies we use, please see our Privacy Policy. View more