GERMANY: combating online event fatigue

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Meetings, video conferences, webinars… Online events are increasingly used as an alternative to face-to-face meetings. Of course, they have many advantages. But when they are too frequent and last too long, they can create fatigue and a feeling of exhaustion.

DGUV has therefore published a practical guide and checklist to: increase awareness of the causes and symptoms, support managers and employees with specific advice, and encourage careful reflection on one’s own behaviour when preparing and conducting online meetings.

The common sense advice to follow includes:

  1. Ensure that hardware and software are working properly before the meeting;
  2. Check beforehand whether it is really necessary to participate in an online meeting and whether a telephone call, for example, is not a good alternative;
  3. Always plan online meetings to be shorter than face-to-face meetings.

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