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Relieve Staff from Multi-platform Collaboration Stress

Are your employees suffering from multi-platform collaboration stress to please your stakeholders? Zoom, Slack, team chats, and video calls—they are leaving no stone unturned. It is exhausting, and the term ‘Zoom fatigue’ has already become a catchphrase. How can CIOs and management help the staff in reducing the clutter? In the article at the Enterprisers Project, Stephanie Overby provides eight suggestions to address multi-platform collaboration stress.

Address Multi-platform Collaboration Stress

Since people cannot just walk up and get things done, they send calendar invites whenever they remember something. Sometimes, the video conference invites do not have any specific or official purpose. ISG partner Ola Chowning has observed this growing trend. Employees get little done by attending meetings and struggle with multi-platform collaboration stress. They are forced to extend their work hours. Here are eight ways you can ease their workload:

Best Practices to Pain-free Collaboration

  • Keep 10-minute blocks between meetings to avoid employees from attending meetings one after the other. However, Chowning doubts that organizations would get external stakeholder support on this.
  • Prevent burnout by setting boundaries on employee availability for meetings. It would help staff to enjoy their time-off after a long day at work.
  • Red Hat senior director Stephanie Welsh suggests a ‘shutdown ritual’. For instance, you can go for a walk or go to another room to relax in your favorite side of the couch.
  • ISG partner Steve Hall points out that ‘digital presenteeism’ worries people to look good on videos. With so many video calls, it is natural for employees to prioritize their formal attire rather than concentrate on real work.
  • Multi-platform collaboration stress has forced people to take calls without a break. Leaders must encourage as well as be the role models and time-box hours for meetings and personal productivity.
  • Even if you are working late, avoid sending work emails late at night. Do not make employees feel obligated to respond to higher authorities beyond work hours.
  • Encourage people to schedule lunchtime in their calendar. It helps people to have their meals in peace.
  • Have team conferences without turning on the video. Your tea members do not have to feel the pressure of being ‘always on’.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2020/8/digital-transformation-how-fight-collaboration-fatigue

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