Over the past year, working from home has become the new norm for many people, thanks to coronavirus. So, most meetings and interviews have now gone virtual, but that has its repercussions too…
According to research published by Microsoft’s Work Lab, back-to-back online meetings can cause stress and states that breaks in between will help you focus more and engage better in meetings!
Michael Bohan, senior director of Microsoft’s Human Factors Engineering group shared, ‘Our research shows breaks are important, not just to make us less exhausted by the end of the day, but to actually improve our ability to focus and engage while in those meetings’.
In the study, researchers gathered 14 people to see how video calls affect their mental health. The volunteers participated in 2 different sessions whilst wearing electroencephalogram equipment, which is ‘a cap to monitor the electrical activity in their brains’.
According to the findings, ‘subjects appeared to be more stressed when they sat through four meetings without a break in between versus subjects who were able to take short breaks.’
So, if you’ve been feeling stressed lately, make sure to look after your mental health too, and take more breaks so that you can engage in your work better!
You can learn more about the research on Microsoft’s website.