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Easing Your Performance Anxiety.

If the constant Zoom meetings are giving you major performance anxiety, don't beat yourself up.

The shift to all virtual, all video happened overnight. Most of us weren't trained to be live on camera for such a big portion of our life.

There are steps you can take to help enhance your video presence, but a good place to start might be examining what your company is doing to create a psychologically safe environment. If you aren't familiar with that term, psychological safety is the belief that you are in a trusted place where you can speak honestly, take risks and have your voice heard without threat or negative repercussions. If there is a colleague who is consistently talking over everyone on video calls, understanding the vocabulary around psychological safety may help you brooch the topic with a manager. Studies show companies that take the time to build psychological safety into their culture experience greater innovation and better performance, so HR is likely already trying to take steps in this direction.

The shift to virtual work may present a new set of challenges, but it can also open up opportunities. Zoom calls can give you face time with far more people and access to decision makers in a way that may not have been possible before. Take advantage of this shift by doing your part to create a safe space for others and then be sure to let your voice be heard. Your career and your company will be better off for it.

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