The Video Conference Fatigue: Is too much video conferencing bad for mental health?

Have you been in a situation in which you have to attend virtual meetings all day and you start to feel exhausted by the end of the day? You are not alone. Over thousands of people are dealing with the “video conference fatigue”, a term that was coined during the pandemic when there was an increased usage of video conferencing. Little did we know that this can cause damage to our mental health. Follow, Trish, Marketing Executive as we uncover the reasons why people feel tired after a long day of virtual meetings and find out ways to overcome it. 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Having to attend the endless back-to-back virtual meetings that at times, can be unproductive and leaving us feeling tired. As much as we want to take a break, these virtual meetings are unavoidable as it has replaced traditional face-to-face meetings due to the pandemic. These virtual meetings have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with hundreds of millions happening daily to stay connected while being physically apart. However, the real question that underlies the whole issue on the video conference fatigue is “Is too much video conferencing bad for mental health?”

What causes video conference fatigue and how to overcome it?

Video conference fatigue is a phenomenon that was developed during the pandemic when there was a surge in the usage of video calls as a method to stay connected with others. As virtual meetings are a norm now and are being conducted daily, more and more people are feeling exhausted from having to attend these virtual meetings. Unknowingly, this can affect one’s mental health that one may struggle with. According to a popular study done by Standford Virtual Human Interaction Lab , there are 4 primary reasons on why people feel exhausted for attending too much virtual meetings and it will be discussed in this article.

1. We don’t want to be scrutinize.
Solution: Turn off full-screen mode.

In a normal face-to-face meeting, people will be focusing on the presenter and taking down important notes, whereas for video conference meetings, everyone is free to look at all attendees without them knowing. This intensifies the excessive amount of close-up contact and hence eye contact gradually increase in these video conference meetings. Even though you are not presenting or speaking, people will still be looking at you in the meeting which can lead to a stressful experience. At times, faces on video conference meetings can appear too large for one’s comfort and these situations can affect ones’ mental health, sending mixed signals. In order to overcome this issue, one can reduce the size of the video conferencing window relative to minimize face size.

2. We don’t like to see ourselves all the time.
Solution: Hide self-view window.

Seeing yourself during video conference meetings constantly in real time can make you tired as many video conferencing platforms show what you look like on a camera throughout the entire meeting. This can be taxing for most of us as it can cause negative emotional consequences as you become more critical of yourself. In order to mitigate this issue, video conferencing software such as Zoom has the function in which you can hide your self-view with just a click of the button. You can no longer see the video of yourself even though others in the meeting can see you.

3. We’re stuck in the same spot for hours.
Solution: Take small breaks.

Video conference meetings dramatically reduce our usual mobility. Unlike face-to-face meetings, attending a video conference meeting requires one to stay on the same spot for hours, depending on the number of meetings one has in a day. This restricts one’s movements and might make one feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, people can perform better cognitively if they are moving instead of staying stationary for hours. What one can do to overcome this issue is to take a small break in between meetings by turning one’s camera off. For those presenting, it would be good to set ground rules that allows the attendees to have small breaks every half an hour during these virtual meetings.

4. We use up our energy to exaggerate body language.
Solution: Face away from the screen.

Cognitive load is much higher in video conference meetings because we need to listen closely to the presenter and to make an important point, one must exaggerate their nonverbal cues. For example, if one agrees with a certain idea in the meeting, there is a need to exaggerate a nod or put their thumbs up, unlike face-to-face interactions where you can just read off from the person’s nonverbal cues. This adds on to the cognitive load as you have to use the extra mental energy to communicate with others in the virtual meeting. To overcome this issue, it is a good practice to give yourself a break during long stretches of meetings by turning your body away from the screen. You can gaze at the wall or even the window outside instead of just the computer screen.

Striking a balance

Overall, too much video conference meetings can take a toll on one’s mental health based on the reasons discussed above. Unfortunately, we can’t escape virtual meetings forever but what is important now is to have a strike in balance when it comes to video conferencing meetings. As more people are allowed to return to the office, more face-to-face meetings can be conducted but with social distancing measures in place. Having a mix of virtual and in-person meetings will help to reduce the video conferencing fatigue one might experience. Other than having a mixture of virtual and in-person meetings, it will be a good practice to limit video conference meetings to only those that are necessary as some can be done over the phone or through email.

With that being said, it is important to take care of one’s mental health as it can affect one’s productivity. Video conferencing software like Zoom have taken this into consideration and came up with features that will help to reduce one’s tiredness such as the “hide-self-view” button. This enables one to hide their own video, so users don’t have to see themselves, but others can see them during the meeting.

Contact ESCO at esco@esco.com.sg if you would like to have a discussion around mitigating video conference fatigue today.

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Heald/Evo

The unique design of the Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) bollard means it can be installed at a depth only slightly greater than the height of the actual bollard itself with no loss of protection.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
IWA14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/64/90:1.3

Bollard Diameter
273mm

Raised Height
1000mm

Power
415v/3 phase
230v/ Single phase
Or to suit country regulations

Options
EFO (Emergency Fast Operation)
LED lights available
Battery back up generator
Electro mechanical hydraulic operation

Normal Raise Speed
3-4 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted black with red refl ective band. Alternative finishes and covers available on request.

Heald Matador HT3

Heald’s Electro Mechanical Matador is the latest addition to Heald’s product range. The EM Matador is an award-winning, sliding bollard system which is operated electro mechanically and has many additional benefits.

Technical Specification

Crash Testing
HT3: IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N3C]/64/90:1.3 (N3C 18 tonner vehicle)IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/80/90:4.8

Bollard Height
1100 mm

Bollard Diameter
273 mm

Foundation Depth
Surface mount (base requirements): 150 mm
Recessed:160 mm

Composition
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982.
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571.

Options
LED Lighting, Architectural Paving System, specialist cover options, Hydra Control and trace heating

Normal Operating Speed
6 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Motor
0.37 KWT (1 per dynamic bollard)

Finish
Base shot blasted and applied with special hard wearing resin
Top surface finished with anti-slip coating
Bollards galvanised with stainless steel covers

Heald/Raptor

Heald’s Raptor combines the high security of a roadblocker with the flexibility of a shallow mount bollard. The Raptor is the most resistant bollard of its type on the market due to its internal reinforcement which other bollards simply don’t have. Tested to both UK PAS 68 and US ASTM standards, not only will it halt a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 80 kph it will also continue to function following the impact.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
ASTM: M50-P1 Zero Penetration (SD-STD2.01 K12)
ASTM: C40 P1 Zero Penetration
PAS68 Blocker/Bollard V/7500[N3]/80/90:3.3/18.9

Axle Loadings
Will withstand any road going vehicle (In-house test certificate). Axle weight 120 tonnes or more.

Raised Height
985 mm

Width
380 mm

Composition
Profiled steel plate
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571

Motor
Spec dependant on site requirements and may be altered after consultation with client. 3 kW motor.
Immersed pump (optional addition).
Extra Heavy duty solenoid valves (24 V DC) for reliability in operation.
Manual hand pump.
30 litre tank.

Power
415 V/3ph and neutral/50 Hz. Alternatively, power to suit customer requirements.

PLC Control Voltage
24 V DC

Options
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) via accumulator
Hydra remote control and monitoring
Trace heating
LED lighting
High security lock out valve

Normal Raise Speed
4 - 6 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated.

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted grey or yellow, Chevrons available.Other colours available on request.

ATG/DEFENDER

The ATG Access Defender Automatic Bollard is a K4 impact tested bollard able to cope with a high number of operations per hour, making it ideal for sites with high traffic flow.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
US DOS - K4 Rating: 6,800 kg at 30 mph (48 kph)

Minimum Array
3

Power
External HPU

Diameter
273mm

Height Above Ground
762mm

Foundation Depth
1235mm

Finishes
Galvanised or painted yellow with the option of an aesthetic sleeve (279mm). Indirect red LED lights an option - check with technical team on application for a quotation.

Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Automatic Bollard

The SP400 Automatic Bollard is PAS 68 rated and available in a multitude of finishes and operation types making this product one of the most versatile high-security bollards on the market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
240mm (lid), 209mm (core)
Height Above Ground
998mm
Foundation Depth
1528mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard, with or without two machine bands (client preference). Options include an aesthetic sleeve (219mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard

The SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard offers an impact tested solution that can be easily operated without the need for electricity. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7

Minimum Array
1

Power
Integral HPU

Diameter
209mm (core)/ 240mm (lid)

Height Above Ground
998mm

Foundation Depth
1509mm

Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two, yellow reflective bands. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.

SPTT Automatic Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.

ATG/Stealth

Tested to IWA 14-1, the Stealth Automatic Bollard is an automatic system with integral hydraulics that can be retrofitted into existing systems. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:2.4 (Single Bollard)
Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:0.8 (Dual Bollard)
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/80/90:0.795/10.4 (Dual Bollard)
Minimum Array
1 (single bollard), 2 (dual bollard)
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
230mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1514mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (240mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights - the external HPU model only. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Automatic Bollard

The Titan MK II Automatic Bollard is a cost-effective way of protecting key access points, available in a variety of operating sets and arrays. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P2
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter). Direct LED (RGBW) lights are also available for the unsleeved variant.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Manually Retractable Bollard

The Titan MK II is a manually retractable bollard impact tested to the British BSI PAS 68 standard.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter).

ATG/SP1000 Automatic Bollard

The SP1000 Automatic Bollard is the first ATG Access high-security bollard to be impact tested as part of the PAS 68 testing program, becoming one of the strongest automatic bollards available in the security market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)80/90:0/10
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1933mm
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Can be fitted with either a black or stainless steel aesthetic sleeve (350mm diameter).
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

ATG/SP1200 Automatic Bollard

The SP1200 Automatic Bollard is the world's strongest impact tested bollard, and the only one tested with a 30,000kg vehicle.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: 30,000(N3)/80/90:3.30/25
Minimum Array
1
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1200mm
Foundation Depth
2040mm
Power
External HPU
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. For any alternative finishes, please discuss with our technical team on application for a quotation.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

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