How Zoom Fatigue Can Hurt Employees — And How to Fix It


How Zoom fatigue can hurt employees — and how to fix it


Being off-camera can help your company’s accessibility practices and stave off depression and fatigue in employees.

Emma Atkinson, Ragan Communications

We’ve all taken video meetings with our cameras off. Maybe there are kids running in and out of your home office, or you didn’t sleep well the night before and are dealing with some serious eye bags. Regardless of the reason, data shows that C-suite members don’t like it when employees go camera off.

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A recent study showed that 96% of executives believe remote and hybrid employees who take video meetings with their cameras off are less engaged in their work. Ninety-two percent of those execs believe that workers who are camera-off, consistently on mute in video meetings or are overall less engaged “probably don’t have a long-term future at their company.”

But other data supports the idea that having the option to turn off their own cameras during meetings can help employees feel less fatigued and reduce anxiety or depression related to staring at yourself all day.

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