In-person meetings are on the rise as more people experience “Zoom fatigue” – a term coined by psychologists that is a result of the mental exhaustion experienced during virtual meetings. The sudden and immediate shift to virtual meetings over the past year have many professionals weary of them and craving face-to-face interactions. Below are some of the many reasons people are returning to in-person meetings.
It’s Easier to Stay Focused
We’ve all been guilty of scrolling our phones or having multiple tabs open to browse during a Zoom or Teams meeting — something most people wouldn’t dream of doing during an in-person meeting. It’s much easier to avoid multi-tasking and stay engaged during a face-to-face meeting.
While virtual communication is more convenient, it should be noted that in-person meetings are significantly more productive. In fact, they generate 13.36 ideas vs 10.43 ideas for virtual meetings. Another argument for in-person meetings with potential clients is that the close rate for them is 40%.
Face-to-face meetings are also instrumental in straightforward communication of attitudes and feelings. Reading body language, tone and facial expressions is useful in fostering natural conversation. Talking with people in person also allows for clearer goals and objectives that can be otherwise misinterpreted.
Nearly 100% of people say in-person meetings are essential for long-term business relationships. Making connections with customers, employees or coworkers is much more organic when meeting face to face. They also inspire loyalty and trust which are crucial to any long-term business relationship.
Reduced Mental Fatigue
Most professionals agree that virtual meetings are draining and similar to the exhaustion experienced with burnout. In contrast, in-person meetings provide social interaction and participants find they are more relaxed. When your face isn’t always on screen, there is less worry about your facial expression or feeling as if you have to constantly appear hyper-engaged.
When hosting an in-person meeting, it’s important to have an environment that facilitates collaboration and provides the tools needed to have effective communication. e|spaces has a variety of meeting and conference rooms that provide all the equipment and support needed to execute a successful meeting. From flatscreen displays for presentations, secure WiFi, free drinks and refreshments to IT support, we have everything you need to have a productive meeting. All of our locations are conveniently located and offer free parking and concierge support from our location managers. To find an e|spaces location near you, visit our website.