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Team Meetings on Zoom…Do We Still Need Them or Are We Just Being Lazy?

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

I wanted to take a moment to talk about a topic that has been on my mind lately - team meetings on Zoom. It seems like ever since the pandemic hit, we've all gotten into the habit of conducting our meetings virtually. But I can't help but wonder, are we doing this out of convenience or are there other reasons behind it? In this article, I want to explore the pros and cons of virtual team meetings and discuss whether we still need them or if we're just being lazy.

The Rise of Zoom Team Meetings

Since the onset of the pandemic, many of us have turned to platforms like Zoom to conduct our team meetings. It's understandable - the convenience of not having to commute or travel to a physical location is hard to ignore. Plus, with the high price of gas and the hassle of driving across town, it's tempting to opt for the ease of virtual meetings.

But here's the thing - big companies that initially transitioned to virtual work during the pandemic are now starting to see a significant drop in productivity. They're realizing that not having people in the office has its drawbacks. And it's not just about productivity - there's something to be said about the power of in-person meetings.

The Power of In-Person Meetings

In-person meetings have a certain energy and impact that virtual meetings simply can't replicate. When you're face-to-face with someone, you can have deeper conversations, interact more, and truly connect on a different level. It's a different experience altogether.

I've been with My Home Group for seven years now, and I can't recall ever having a Zoom meeting among staff. Instead, we have a Monday morning staff meeting every week, where we all gather in person. And let me tell you, there's a big difference. When you show up in person, you get more out of these meetings. You have your audience's undivided attention, and you can truly engage with them.

The Pitfalls of Virtual Meetings

On the other hand, virtual meetings, especially on platforms like Zoom, have their limitations. One of the biggest challenges is keeping everyone's attention. When you're conducting a Zoom meeting with your sales team, there's a good chance that people will be on their phones or iPads, or jumping around to other websites. It's hard to keep their focus and ensure that they're fully engaged in the meeting. The bottom line is that it isn't easy to gauge their level of involvement when you're not physically present with them.

Finding a Balance

So, what's the solution? Should we abandon entirely virtual meetings and go back to in-person meetings? Not necessarily. There could be a hybrid approach that combines the convenience of virtual meetings with the power of in-person interactions. For example, you could consider having three Zoom meetings a month and then wrapping up the month with an in-person meeting. This way, you can still enjoy the benefits of virtual meetings, such as saving time and avoiding the hassle of commuting, while also reaping the rewards of face-to-face interactions.

Virtual team meetings have become the norm in the wake of the pandemic. However, it's important to question whether we're conducting these meetings out of convenience or if there are other factors at play. In-person meetings have a unique power and impact that virtual meetings can't replicate. They allow for deeper conversations, increased interaction, and undivided attention from your audience. While virtual meetings have their advantages, such as convenience and cost savings, it's crucial to find a balance that incorporates the benefits of both virtual and in-person meetings. So, the next time you're planning a team meeting, consider whether a virtual or in-person format would be more effective for achieving your goals.

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