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Remote Meeting Stats: 20 Virtual Conference Statistics in 2022

September 23, 2022

After the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the world economy, countless organizations that would never have considered work-from-home teams found themselves managing employees remotely. One of the key tools that made all of this possible was virtual conferencing software, allowing people to connect using audio and video in real-time. During this time, countless studies and surveys have been performed to gather data on all aspects of remote conference calls.‍ So, what do the stats say? Let's take a look at twenty stats that can help you shape your strategy when it comes to holding virtual meetings.

After the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the world economy, countless organizations that would never have considered work-from-home teams found themselves managing employees remotely. One of the key tools that made all of this possible was virtual conferencing software, allowing people to connect using audio and video in real-time.

Now that a couple of years have gone by, it appears that virtual meetings aren't going anywhere. During this time, countless studies and surveys have been performed to gather data on all aspects of remote conference calls.

So, what do the stats say?

Let's take a look at twenty stats that can help you shape your strategy when it comes to holding virtual meetings.

1. 49% of US employees are experiencing "virtual meeting fatigue"

As virtual meetings have become more common in the last few years, a new term has arisen to describe the mental and physical exhaustion of remote video conferencing– virtual meeting fatigue.

There are a number of reasons why video chat platforms make us feel fatigued. According to researchers from Stanford University, four causes of this exhaustion are:

  • The intensity of excessive amounts of close-up eye contact.

  • People see themselves constantly in real-time during video chats.

  • The increase in cognitive load in video chats vs. face-to-face interaction (aka there's less nonverbal communication).

  • Virtual meetings limit natural movement.

2. Four out of every five work-from-home employees attend more meetings remotely than they did in the workplace

There are a lot of benefits to working from home, but one notable downside is that there seem to be a lot more meetings nowadays– not all of which seem to be completely necessary.

In fact, according to research from, 70% of employees experienced a 70% increase in the number of meetings they attended once they switched to remote work.

3. Technical issues are one of the primary challenges of virtual meetings, according to 58% of workers

If you want to avoid wasting time during virtual meetings, testing out your tech ahead of time can make a big difference. Of course, you can't always avoid individual workers having connectivity problems on their end, but you can do what you can to reduce interruptions via tech problems.

4. 65% of marketers say it takes more than six weeks to promote large virtual conferences

If you're going beyond running virtual meetings and putting on large virtual conferences as a part of your marketing strategy, a lot of time is necessary to get everything set up. Not only do you have to get all your ducks in a row, but you must make sure that you spend adequate time spreading the word to make the whole she-bang worth the trouble.

5. Almost 47% of businesses have cut down on business-related travel due to the rise in video conferencing

One benefit of the increase in video conferencing utilization is that it reduces how much people have to hop on a plane just to have a face-to-face meeting. When you factor in this stat, the question of whether virtual meetings are a net win when it comes to efficiency becomes quite relevant.

6. 83% of workers participate in video meetings for up to one-third of their work week

Virtual meetings have become a normal part of life these days, and the stats back this up. Communicating with video conferencing tools can make many things possible that would otherwise require everyone to be in the same room, and businesses around the world are, of course, holding countless productive meetings online. However, there is increasing concern about time being wasted due to unnecessary meetings, which concerns employees and employers alike.

7. 87% of workers say that Mondays and Fridays are the worst days for virtual meetings

If you're trying to keep morale high for your remote team, it might be worth taking a hint from this stat. On Mondays, people like to get everything in order for the week, and Friday is a great time to tie up any loose ends. If you can be flexible, consider holding your meetings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

8. Almost all Americans multitask when attending virtual meetings

Employers often want their workers to have their cameras on during remote meetings to make sure that they are engaged, and apparently, that's for a good reason. According to a study of Microsoft employees (notably the largest study of its kind to date), employees engaged in all types of other activities while attending meetings– everything from responding to emails and engaging in other work-related tasks to playing video games and exercising.


9. Less than one-third of workers believe that their companies virtual meetings are consistently high quality

Making sure your meetings are purposeful and necessary can ensure that your employees take them seriously. If you're holding meetings just for the heck of it, you might find that people start to disengage.

10. Only 30% of virtual conference calls are spent actually working to meet the objectives of the meeting

There are a lot of challenges that crop up during virtual conference calls that take time away from the task at hand.

These include:

  • Office gossip and small talk.

  • People showing up late or leaving early.

  • Side discussions about other projects.

  • Tech or connection problems.

If your team has difficulty staying on track because they're socializing, that's not necessarily a bad thing. However, you might find that organizing social activities for your team outside of work hours can help give everyone the time they need to connect outside of work and allow you to focus more during meetings.

11. More than half of employees want fewer meetings and shorter meetings

When it comes to coming up with a strategy for holding meetings with your team, it's clear what employees think about the matter: focus on quality over quantity. Lots of information can be communicated through other channels– email, text, chat, etc. Before you call everyone in for another meeting, make sure you have a clear sense of the meeting objectives and a strategy for staying on track and productive.

12. The most popular video conferencing platform around the world is Zoom

In September of 2021, the Zoom mobile app was downloaded more than 23 million times across both Google Play and the App Store. With a long list of integrations, extensive support for all major platforms, and an easy-to-use interface, many companies choose to go with Zoom rather than the other options on the market.

13. 64% of workers between 18 and 24 suffer anxiety from too many virtual meetings

A study from April of 2021 found that there was a significant correlation between spending too much time in video meetings and anxiety, self-consciousness, and peer pressure among younger professionals.

Workers between 18 and 24 felt a number of negative emotions associated with virtual conference calls, including:

  • Embarrassment due to the living space that can be seen in their backgrounds.

  • Peer pressure to keep their cameras on.

  • Self-consciousness about their physical appearance.

  • Fear of being disrupted by other people or pets in the household and the embarrassment that could cause.

If your team is on the younger side, you might want to consider whether frequent video meetings are affecting their overall well-being.

14. Eight out of ten American workers believe that one day a week should be set aside for no meetings

It's increasingly common for organizations to adopt "no-meeting" days, including heavy hitters like Atlassian and Facebook. According to an assessment from MIT's Sloan Review, the benefits of this strategy included employees feeling less stressed and less micromanaged while also showing improvements in cooperation and autonomy. They looked at companies that implemented anywhere from one to five no-meeting days per week and ultimately found that the organizations with three meeting-free days faired the best.

15. 70% of employees find virtual conference calls to be less stressful than in-person meetings

Even though a lot of these stats make it seem like employees hate virtual meetings, nearly three-quarters of them find them to be quite a bit less stressful than in-person meetings. The problem with virtual meetings, it seems, isn't that they are problematically different from typically in-office meetings. Instead, it's easy to hold them a bit too frequently.

If you're working to ensure that morale is high on your team, you don't need to abolish virtual meetings by any means. From these telling stats, the more appropriate option is to be thoughtful of what types of communication require a meeting and what could really just be an email.

16. On-camera exhaustion affects both introverts and extroverts

As you might imagine, introverts are more impacted by video call fatigue than extroverts. However, extroverts aren't left unaffected– about 40% of extroverts experience Zoom fatigue to 69% of introverts. If your team is made up of boisterous, larger-than-life characters, you still might want to consider whether too much on-camera time is leading to negative consequences both for your business and for the well-being of your workers.

17. 80% of workers would rather have their meetings right before lunch or in the morning

It appears that employees have an overwhelming preference when it comes to the time of day that they attend virtual meetings. Hosting meetings in the morning is preferable because it lets your team work uninterrupted for the rest of the day. A meeting right before lunch, on the other hand, can offer a much-needed change of pace before taking a break.

18. 78% of Americans believe that their meeting schedule is out of control

Once again, we're confronted with the fact that American workers simply feel like they're attending way too many meetings. According to a survey of 757 workers, 78% of employees responded that their meeting schedule is "either always or sometimes out of control." Most of these workers believe that upper management is to blame for this issue, while a smaller percentage point the finger at their direct manager.

19. 60% of employees say that meetings actually distract from their work

More than half of workers believe their meetings are a major distraction from the work they are trying to do.

One survey found that the most common reasons employees felt this way included:

  • Meetings frequently starting or ending late.

  • Meetings simply being unnecessary.

  • The amount of time allotted for the meeting is either too much or not enough.

  • The meeting attendees are distracted.

  • People are frequently interrupting each other.

  • Attendees veer off the agenda.

  • People aren't prepared to participate.

It seems a little absurd that work-related meetings would actually keep people from doing the work they are responsible for. On the other hand, your employees were hand-picked to be the best people for the job, and you might find that your meeting schedule is actually taking them away from being productive and maintaining a good flow.

20. The average length of a Zoom meeting is 60 minutes

Perhaps part of the problem with virtual meetings is that people tend to schedule them in sixty-minute chunks when the topic of conversation only needs 30, 20, or even 15 minutes of attention. If you're wondering whether your meetings are too long, too short, or just right, check out our post on the ideal length of time for remote meetings.

How to Make All of Your Attendees Happy

Remote meetings are a huge reason that work-from-home is even possible, but there's a lot we can learn about how to host effective meetings that leave everyone involved better off after the fact. At PizzaTime, we happen to know the secret key to increasing engagement and morale during virtual conference calls: pizza.

It's possible that all of the negative stats about remote meetings resulted from hangry employees. What would they think about a meeting if it was served alongside a piping hot pizza pie?

Whether you want to bring a little extra joy to a regular weekly meeting or you're throwing a big bash for your employee's birthday, we'd love to help make sure that the whole team is well-fed. Coordinating pizza delivery across oceans and time zones can be a real chore, but delivering fresh, delicious food right to your employees' door can be a great way to bring everyone together. If you're ready to set up a remote pizza party without doing any of the heavy lifting, give us a little info, and we'll plan a pizza party for you.

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