With the number of new daily cases continuing to rise, it seems like Zoom calls could be here for a while—news that may be very upsetting for many.
A recent study from Robert Half found that the majority—72 per cent—of working Canadians have experienced a virtual meeting.
Additionally, those who experience virtual meetings reported spending nearly one-quarter of their day—24 per cent—on video calls with business contacts or colleagues.
Based on the findings, 44 per cent have begun to experience video-call fatigue as the pandemic has continued to drag on.
Further, 59 per cent said they believe video calls can be helpful, but not always necessary.
- Brampton left guessing as to why increased funding hasn’t led to COVID isolation centre
- Some big changes coming to garbage and recycling in Brampton
- ‘It’s concerning’: Hamilton medical officer issues statement after consecutive days of record COVID-19 cases
Of those frustrated with video calls, 33 per cent said their biggest issue with them was technical difficulties, while 19 per cent said it was too many people talking over each other.
Moreover, 22 per cent said the practicality and novelty of video calling has worn off over the past eight months, with 15 per cent saying they find them inefficient and exhausting—they prefer to communicate via other channels such as regular calls and emails.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, many remote workers relied on video calls to stay connected and collaborate with one another,” David King, Canadian senior district president of Robert Half, said in a news release.
“However, as teams continue to work from home, frequent virtual meetings may not be as efficient and necessary,” he continued.