Eric Yuan, the CEO of Zoom, is suffering ‘Zoom fatigue.’
Speaking during a virtual event, Yuan said he’d had 19 Zoom meetings in a row on one particular day last year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“I’m so tired of that,” Yuan said, adding that he no longer books back-to-back Zoom calls. “I do have meeting fatigue.”
Zoom has become synonymous with working during the pandemic — with millions of employees all over the globe plugged into online meetings on the platform during their working days, leading to widespread fatigue.
But, over a year into the healthcare crisis, some organizations are taking matters into their own hands.
Just last month, Citigroup’s CEO Jane Fraser made headlines after she banned the use of video calls on Fridays for internal meetings.
As well as ‘Zoom-free Fridays,’ Fraser also called for work calls to only be scheduled during working hours. Fraser also reminded Citi staff to take annual leave and granted all employees an extra day of leave on 28 May as a ‘reset’ day.
The need to limit the number of unnecessary, unproductive meetings, encouraging employees to take breaks and holiday, and listening to employee’s needs was emphasized by a Microsoft report as a way for companies to retain and attract talent in the new hybrid world of work.