If Zoom fatigue is making your gut reflex to say “please no” to a virtual chat, that doesn’t mean you and your team can’t socialize.
By Justin Pot | FastCompany
Remember your coworkers? They stopped being three-dimensional people months ago and were replaced with fuzzy moving images that you talk over constantly because of lag.
Zoom burnout is a well-documented phenomenon, and we’re all feeling it. Hard. So you shouldn’t feel bad if, after a coworker proposes a group video chat “just to catch up,” your gut reflex is to say “please no.” That doesn’t mean you and your team can’t socialize. It just means you need to do something besides yet another video chat.
I, personally, will delay responding to any and all requests for a video hangout from now until the natural heat death of our solar system, but I happily spend two hours with my coworkers virtually watching Nic Cage movies. It’s often the highlight of my week, and not just because Cage is a genius who has never made a single bad career decision. It’s also because my coworkers are hilarious, charming people—but I sometimes forget that. These silly movie nights remind me.