We are almost six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and times are strange, to put it mildly. While there’s undoubtedly a lot we don’t know about what lies ahead, one thing is for sure – the future of work is digital. Regardless of how long the pandemic lasts (the shorter, the better!), it has forever changed how we communicate, socialize, interact, and work. CEOs, church leaders, school administrators, teachers, students, employees, and each and every one of us have had to pivot to accommodate this new virtual reality in some capacity. We learned just how far technology had come in recent years when our world quickly turned remote.

Video conferencing and cloud phone systems.

Companies worldwide have had to adapt to this remote landscape, with many choosing to embrace remote working long-term. Thankfully, advancements in digital technology have made working from home, attending church service or virtual happy hours, and online learning possible. Cloud phone systems (VoIP), virtual private networks (VPNs), and video conferencing tools like Vai allow people to securely stay connected, work effectively, and check-in with one another.

But, let’s face it, staring at a screen all day gets old – fast. So how do we move into this “next normal” that is both remote and digital without getting burned out?

Social Connection is More Important Than Ever.

Working from home has its pros, but it also comes with its fair share of woes. Throughout the pandemic, many of us have learned just how much we rely on social interaction and personal communication with our colleagues, friends, family, church members, students, and other individuals we engage with regularly. Unfortunately, we won’t be going back to the way things used to be anytime soon (or ever), so it’s time to reevaluate and find new ways to connect.

How to Deal with Overcoming Remote Work Fatigue and Stay Connected.

Here are a few tips to help you adjust and combat the fatigue of our digital-first future:

  • Set realistic expectations for yourself, family, and team members.
  • Create a routine.
  • Use video conferencing platforms like Vai to interact with colleagues “off the clock.”

  • Be more intentional with your screentime.
  • Take a break!
  • Get up, walk around the yard, and take five to stretch before your next virtual meeting.
  • Build rapport and morale through clearcut communication.
  • Stick to meeting times and schedules.

Many of us have learned that we aren’t always productive when sitting at our home desk and trying to stay focused on the task at hand. The beauty of remote work is the flexibility it provides. Not feeling it? Or struggling to find ways for overcoming remote work fatigue? Try a more comfortable chair and take your setup to the patio for a Vitamin D dose while you tune into your next meeting. Self-care is a HUGE part of successfully adapting to remote work, and that looks a little different for each of us.

The pandemic has taught us that change is inevitable and, no matter how much planning you do, you can’t always predict what lies ahead. To ensure the success of your online meetings and conference calls, consider Vai.