Should teams keep their cameras on during remote meetings?

Go cameras-off. Video causes fatigue and increases cognitive load.

The effects:

  • Employees who keep their cameras on throughout their daily meetings end up more worn out and less engaged than when they just call in (Shockley et al, 2021).
  • Video cues can reduce collective intelligence and can inhibit vocal cue synchronization (Tomprou et al, 2021).
  • Cameras can inhibit idea generation (Brucks & Levav, 2022)

What does it depend on?

Why does it happen?


  • It remains unclear whether effects depend on meeting types, like 1-1's vs. all-hands.
  • This synthesis evaluates video relative to audio-only meetings, as opposed to vs. face-to-face.
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