Do You Need A Nap After Leading A Zoom Meeting?

If you are worn out after a day in front of your computer screen, you are not alone.

Previously published on Forbes

What We Want from Our Screens

Think about it. When you turn on your television and press “Netflix,” you expect to be entertained. You choose programming that will keep you engaged. Your job is to sit there and do nothing. The same goes for your computer screen when you log onto a TED Talk. If you aren’t captivated within minutes, you click to something else — your email or another website.

We have deep training in passive engagement with a screen.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, American children between ages 8 and 18 years spend an average of seven hours a day in front of a screen. Of course, this is now being linked to all kinds of adverse impacts, including sleep disruption, depression and obesity.

How to Improve Your Relationship with the Screen

If you’re the leader of a team that’s now working in a virtual environment, this is why you are so tired. Your audience is conditioned to wanting to be engrossed in whatever is happening on the other side of their screen. But let’s face it: You cannot possibly be as entertaining as Schitt’s Creek.

Here’s what we found can help:

1. Challenge your team to change their relationship to the screen. Invite them to be more than “just along for the ride.” Encourage them to participate fully and take on some responsibility for making the meeting more interesting by sharing more of themselves so others don’t have to work so hard to interpret a limited set of visual cues. If they are bored, invite them to do the thing that will end their boredom — share with colleagues the thing that feels risky, the thing that makes their heart race.

Founder of Henley Leadership Group. Developing leaders who create happy, productive workplaces. Thought Leader | Executive Coach | Forbes Contributor | Speaker

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