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43% of teleworkers miss a conversation with a co-worker with a water cooler

Poor chats on the water cooler are a characteristic of office work that 43% of coworkers have. work remotely in the past year I remember the most.

36% miss a better workstation or office setup, while 25% miss lunch the most. 20% of teleworkers miss Happy Hours with colleagues. 12% say that being unable to leave their partner is the most missed feature of household chores.

The statistics on this housework have been published by one survey conducted by YouGov and Otter.ai, provider of virtual meeting tools to improve.

The survey interviewed 2,000 teleworkers in the US and UK to find out their thoughts on remote work settings. The survey is also designed to provide insight into how businesses can improve productivity and morale by revising how they organize meetings.

Remote workers Missed out on chats with water coolers, Happy Hour

All participants have been working at least partially from home since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly 40% have worked from home full time and believe they will continue doing it indefinitely. 36% of participants are also completely remote but think they will return to the office full-time or part-time in the future. 24% are working in hybrids. 20% of homeworkers say they never want to go back to the office and 14% say they want to do so when it is safe. 45% want to arrange work in conjunction when it is safe to return to the office.

Businesses need to change the structure of virtual meetings

Virtual meetings have become an almost mandatory feature of the teleworking era. Despite months of remote work, virtual meetings can be improved, as the survey shows.

42% of respondents said they have been tired of Zoom since the pandemic began. To improve virtual meetings, more than half of people surveyed said meetings should always have an agenda. 35% of teleworkers believe that people should only participate in the relevant parts of the meeting. 33% think meetings should be shorter. 26% said meeting notes should always be shared with attendees.

With the economies open, many businesses are considering working settings to move out of the pandemic. Research provides insights to employers about how employees think about remote work. Many employees support being provided with combined work opportunities. Meetings are another element of telework that businesses should work to improve on, as the survey revealed.

Overcome fatigue when zooming

Sam Liang, CEO and founder of Otter.ai, commented on the study’s findings and how businesses can help overcome ‘zooming fatigue’:

“Our survey shows that the job will never be the same as it did before a pandemic. Employees now require a flexible, collaborative and integrated job that is designed to meet the new work-life balance and change of attitudes created when working from home for a while. so long.

“The fatigue of Zoom is real and meetings need to be tailored to fit our new work environment, whether it’s fundamentally changing the meeting structure or witnessing employees alike. Collaborate with productivity and collaboration apps that take meeting notes and enable sharing of chats in real time. Perhaps having a rule that all employees should wear pants in virtual meetings is another good rule to add to the list, ”said Liang.

The effects of Zoom fatigue on employees range from poor productivity (41%) to hours control (32%). 27% of respondents said Zoom fatigue means they are unable to leave home due to work. 24% said it led to lack of cooperation and 22% said it caused sleep problems.

Lack of participation in virtual meetings

The survey asked teleworkers what they have been doing in virtual meetings over the past 12 months. 31% admit to having chatted privately with friends in virtual meetings. 30% were wearing pajamas. 23% have purchased online and 15% have played computer games. 9% have been drinking or getting drunk in remote meetings.

The results of the survey are that employees are demanding flexible work setups that combine to meet the need for a new work-life balance. However, to cater to the new working environment, businesses need adaptive virtual meetings, so that employees remain engaged and less tired due to Zoom.

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