Online meetings: here's what really grinds our gears
Technical issues top the list of things that make online meetings tedious and annoying. This is shown in a survey conducted by news aktuell and Faktenkontor analysing 121 specialists and executives from companies, organisations and PR agencies. Here is the media release (in German).
Whether this group of respondents is truly representative of the many workers who have been forced to get used to Zoom and Teams calls in recent months is, of course, open to question. Which is why your opinion is also requested in the small survey further down in the article.
The participants in the news aktuell survey, at any rate, believed infrastructure to be the biggest annoyance. For example, the three most frequently cited problems were «general technology mishaps» (56 per cent), «poor Internet connection» (51 per cent) and «meetings delayed because of technological problems» (37 per cent). Perhaps this simply shows that many still have to learn how to use modern technology. After all, we made do without all this faff before.
«Can anyone hear me?»
Non-technical topics then follow among the ranking. For example, 27 per cent of respondents find it annoying when participants in an online meeting have their camera turned off. The grating «incorrect use of the mute function» (26 per cent) and phrases such as «Did you hear me?» or «Sorry, I got kicked out» fall into the same category. 19 per cent of participants are annoyed by this.
It's also interesting to note that around a quarter of respondents complained about an increase in the number of meetings. This is also confirmed by a data analysis from Microsoft.
What we can (mostly) deal with
Obviously, other things are forgivable in online meetings. If your partner, cat, dog or children jump through the background, it usually only bothers 7 per cent of respondents. This is what Professor Robert Kelly may have foreshadowed back in 2017 when, during a video interview with the BBC in which he was explaining South Korea's foreign policy, his two children suddenly burst into the study. The video went viral on YouTube.
Even fewer (5 per cent) feel disturbed in online meetings when a participant jumps up because of a package at the door (useful here at Galaxus) or when a participant accidentally allows a glimpse of unwanted or even embarrassing content when using the screen-sharing function. The 2 per cent of participants who find this annoying must perhaps have seen something really irritating.
And now it's your turn! What stresses you out in online meetings?
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