Since most of our team’s workshops and visual meetings became fully remote I started feeling that engagement of participants on those meetings became much lower. Partly because I have less control of their actions and attention, but I think there’s something about micro-interactions between people that usually occur during in-person meetings.
Like greeting a newcomer when they enter the room. Or finding a familiar face in the room and sitting right next to them to feel more confident. Raising a thumb up just to appreciate someone’s work. Just little things that don’t require a lot of effort but enable those tiny little moments of communicating your emotions, thoughts, reactions, stuff like that.
Does it ring the bell for you? Have you experienced something similar? Is there anything you noticed that impacts participants’ engagement heavily in remote meetings you conduct?