Meeting fatigue is a concern in the hybrid workplace but can be proactively managed by following a handful of best practices.

  1. Reduce the number of meetings: Limit the meetings you have, and use asynchronous meeting methods that allow you to collaborate with other without needing to be in the same location at the same time when possible.

  2. Limit distractions in meetings: Turn off your camera when appropriate and remind yourself and others in meetings to reduce background distractions.

  3. Take visual breaks in meetings: Give yourself visual breaks in meetings by turning your gaze off screen from time to time like you would in a traditional in-person meeting.

  4. Build in gaps between meetings: Schedule meetings with a 5 or 10 minute transition time "to get to the next meeting" like you would in an office setting.

  5. Schedule daily breaks: Build in gaps in your schedule and take breaks throughout the day.

  6. Change the meeting view: Use Together mode in Teams meetings to reduce the cognitive load of viewing faces in different orientations on the screen.

  7. Designate focus time: Proactively schedule blocks of focus time that won't be interrupted by meetings.

  8. Take meetings on the go: Consider taking one meeting a day from your mobile device to get a break from your desk and computer screen.

  9. Implement "no meeting" times: At an organizational level, consider blocking off an afternoon a week or event an entire day where no meetings can be scheduled.

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