While remote working was once seen as a short-term measure to help organizations get through the COVID-19 epidemic, many companies are now embracing virtual board meetings as a regular part of their board member and director engagement. It can take time for boards to become comfortable and productive in virtual settings.

The most obvious challenge is that it’s difficult to create the same kind of camaraderie and interaction in a virtual meeting like a face-to-face meeting. A quick poll, a quiz, or even breakout sessions can help break up long presentations. A second problem is that people who are not used to using video conference or teleconferencing platforms may be scared of using the internet. This can result in lower levels of engagement than normal.

It is essential to ensure that the platform chosen for an online board meeting is user-friendly to make it simple for everyone to use. It can be helpful to review the technology prior to the meeting to ensure everyone has the right equipment and is able to www.justboardroom.com/basics-of-board-minutes/ participate without any problems. It’s also helpful to limit the duration of online meetings in order to prevent screen fatigue as people can get uncomfortable after looking at a computer screen for long. A short agenda with estimated times for each item can aid the chair in controlling the meeting and keep the pace moving.