Workers all experience the Hybrid-Working Paradox, in day-to-day virtual and hybrid meetings. On occasions, hybrid work can make them feel highly empowered. They’re productive and get loads of tasks done. And sometimes they crash into the borders of virtual collaboration. Technical, emotional and functional frustrations take the upper hand and they feel a disconnect. Let’s look at the main factors driving hybrid meeting stress.
What are the most common challenges in hybrid meetings?
Collaboration and connection between employees are the glue of the company. And in a hybrid environment, these can be under very high pressure. Meeting equity has become more than just a buzzword. Adding remote participants to a meeting, makes collaboration more complex and less intuitive. It can be hard to get a seat at the virtual, hybrid table.
- 1 in 3 feels silenced in videocalls
- 61% find it hard to get noticed
- 1 in 2 has technical issues with video and/or audio
Although most workers feel satisfied, socially involved and energized in hybrid meetings, some struggle with the following emotions.
Not being physically present in meetings can clearly have an impact on workers. They miss critical clues and parts of the conversation or have issues joining the virtual conversation.
Hybrid meetings heavily rely on technology to facilitate seamless collaboration.
The quality of the connection, integration of different solutions and the complexity and user-friendliness of technology all play a role.
Meeting equity under pressure
Not having equal access to tech, content and conversation ultimately impacts the workforce’s well-being, engagement and churn. The majority of issues can be brought back to a simple lack of tech savviness of workers.
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