30+ hilarious Zoom memes that we can all relate to
We’ve scoured social media and the wider internet to present you with these hilarious (and painfully relatable) Zoom meeting memes. You’re welcome.
1. Samuel L. Jackson: The before and after
If anything sums up Zoom fatigue, this is it.
You start the day composed, ready, and raring to go. After four hours and ten online meetings, it’s a different story.
2. We’ve all been there
Camera on? Sure, I’ll get dressed. Camera off? Sweats it is.
3. How the mighty have fallen
Credit where credit is due, Zoom saw massive popularity (and stocks skyrocketed) thanks to social distancing and lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.
But with the Coronavirus vaccine on the scene and a lot of businesses returning to the office or adopting a hybrid work model, the shareholders at Zoom might be breaking a sweat.
4. We feel you, Buster
Employees spend 31 hours every month in unproductive meetings, so we get where Buster is coming from.
With async communication, teams can have meetings without needing to be available in real-time. As a result, employees spend less time in unproductive meetings and more time being productive in other areas.
5. We relate to this cat
The passive-aggressive death stare that says, “I don’t need to be here,” is tricky to master.
This cat has 100% nailed it.
6. Another one for the cat owners out there
People with pets got pretty creative when it came to keeping their pets quiet and out of sight while working from home.
7. I’ll be honest with you, I’m just here for the cameos
For those that couldn’t keep their furry pals under wraps, we’re here for it.
8. The struggle is real
Did that call *really* need to be seven hours long? Probably not.
We can’t quote her directly, but we’re pretty sure this little girl would’ve been grateful for asynchronous communication.
9. When will it end?
When your to-do list is a mile long but you have 10,000 Zoom meetings on your calendar this week.
If you’re not sure whether something should be a meeting, take a look at this article: When should you NOT conduct a meeting? A sense check. Your employees will thank you.
We admire his creativity. Bravo.
People who keep us entertained during synchronous meetings are the real MVPs.
11. *Cue dramatic violin*
The only time of day you’re truly alone with your thoughts.
*Logs in meditation app*
12. The Brady Bunch would be so proud
We’re like one big, happy Zoom family. (We’ve always wanted to do this, but we love asynchronous meetings more.)
13. Nice Zoom background, Kevin. Very funny
Lockdown really lowered comedic standards.
14. There’s always one
Deep breath. We’re almost there. No. Don’t do it, Carl!
15. I keep this ship afloat
My presence alone keeps this organization alive. My silence is my contribution.
16. Whenever you’re ready, Susan
“We’ll just wait for Susan to join before we get started.”
Cue awkward silence and small talk.
17. Giving myself a 10/10
I’m having a great hair day. *Captures screenshot*
18. Beyonce and Jay-Z are a close second
I might be silent and unseen, but I can assure you I’m paying close attention to what’s going on.
19. Don’t make me do small talk
I still get points for participation, right?
20. Send help
One person is definitely enjoying this conversation more than the other.
21. Ready? I was born ready
Just give me five minutes to make a coffee.
22. Sorry, what’s happening?
Information retention = minimal.
If you struggle to follow virtual meetings from start to finish, async voice messaging could be a better alternative.
With a voice message, you can go back and listen to the recording if there’s anything you missed. And with Yac, each voice note or screen share is transcribed, so you can scan the message and prioritize listening accordingly.
23. Sleeping is good for me
Zoom call at 9 a.m.? *Sets alarm for 8:59 a.m.*
24. Meeting password: @£!@XJKSHAzSDF=+)
Even James Bond would have a hard time getting into most Zoom calls.
25. It’s not my best angle
I thought every side was my good side until I met the Zoom camera.
26. Welcome to 2022. Seeing colleagues in 3D is now super weird.
It’s a surreal moment for everyone involved.
27. No one said I needed to wear pants
Comfort is my top priority. It’s called self-care.
28. Just taking a little peak, no big deal
“That’s a lovely dining table, Jan. Ikea?”
29. Freedom at last
Ah, natural light and fresh air. How I’ve missed you.
30. I’m not ready for this
I didn’t get the memo that I needed to make an effort. *Turns up the Zoom filter to 100*
31. You might not like what you see
Please, don’t make me do this.
32. Times have changed
Personally, I think I nailed it.
33. I can never show my face again
Well, this is awkward. 💀
34. So uh, airplane food, what’s up with that?
Is there anything worse than staring into your boss’ digital eyes for what feels like an eternity?
Nope. There really isn’t.
Alleviate your Zoom woes with asynchronous communication
All jokes aside, Zoom meetings can get pretty tiresome when they’re used too frequently.
And if you’re working as part of a remote or hybrid team, relying on Zoom video calls as your main method of communication simply isn’t efficient—especially if team members are working different hours or in different timezones.
Not to mention, it also eats into your deep work schedule and can impact your productivity.
To make your life easier, use asynchronous communication.
Unlike synchronous communication, async communication allows teams to communicate virtually without needing an immediate response.
Emails, direct messages (like in Slack), and voice messages are all examples of async communication—when used correctly. The information is shared with the relevant parties, and they can respond when it suits them best (just watch out for expectations to reply immediately and email overload).
Let’s take a look at some of these benefits in more detail.
Minimize time spent in unnecessary meetings
Async communication provides flexibility, helping team members complete their work without the stress of showing up at a certain time or responding to notifications immediately.
Let’s look at async meetings as an example.
Team members can respond to communications on their schedules. They don’t have to be available in real-time to attend the meetings, allowing them to be more productive in other areas of their work.
Async meetings are also a great way for remote teams to improve their collaboration. When people aren’t working in the same space or even in the same time zone, async meetings still allow them to communicate and collaborate on important issues.
Reduce Zoom fatigue
Zoom memes may be trending, but Zoom fatigue is real. Last year, 13.8% of women and 5.5% of men felt “very” or “extremely” fatigued from Zoom calls specifically.
Research suggests this is due to several reasons:
- Higher amount of eye contact. On Zoom calls, we use an unnatural amount of eye contact. In a normal meeting, you’d be looking elsewhere or taking notes throughout. But in Zoom, you tend to focus solely on the participants on your screen.
- Seeing yourself on screen. Whether you know it or not, your eye is drawn to your face on the screen. It’s like someone following you around with a mirror all day, which would be pretty distracting (and also kind of weird). Our brains simply aren’t used to it.
- Body positioning. In a Zoom meeting, you tend to stay in the same position for a long time. This can be tiring on the body, especially if you’re used to moving around throughout the day.
- Higher cognitive load. Face-to-face, people tend to pick up on body signals and nonverbal communication. In a video chat, we work harder to understand those non-verbal signals (e.g., “The boss is frowning. Is that because they don’t like my response or because they’re concentrating?”). This is why we often speak out of turn or over the top of each other on video calls.
If it’s not tiring enough trying to decipher your colleagues’ intentions on a video call, it’s also exhausting looking at yourself on camera multiple times a day. According to researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, people reported spending about 40% of their time on Zoom looking at their own image, with some reporting they looked at themselves 100% of the time.
To lighten the cognitive load and reduce Zoom fatigue, async communication can be helpful. Teams don’t need to sit at their computer for hours on end, tiring themselves mentally. They can respond to messages when they’re in the right mindset to do so.
Foster an inclusive and comfortable work culture
Not everyone thrives in meetings. Some people, particularly introverts, would rather take the time to think things through before responding.
Async communication allows them to do this.
Here’s a short Yac explaining this in more detail:
For more introverted team members, this is a great way to work. There’s less pressure to respond instantly, and they can take the time to feel confident in their responses.
Communicate with accuracy and detail
On top of creating a comfortable work environment, async communication also helps people produce in-depth and thoughtful responses.
Not only does this make collaboration more efficient, it means that what people share is clear, thorough, and detailed. There’s no need for a back-and-forth conversation about what they’re trying to say because it’s clear from the offset.
Not to mention, you can also replay information. For example, you can reread a message or replay a voice recording. Team members can return to these at any time and make sure their response is relevant and well-informed instead of off-the-cuff.
In comparison with a real-time meeting, async is much more efficient—especially if you have a large meeting with a lot of people throwing ideas into the mix. With async, you can keep track of ideas and take time to formulate a comprehensive response.
Try asynchronous communication with Yac
So, there you have it: a collection of painfully funny memes about Zoom meetings and a solution to the problem. We truly believe that asynchronous communication is the way forward. It’s more efficient for your business, and it protects your staff from the cries for help we now see trending in funny posts on social media.
If you want more information about using asynchronous communication, take a look at Yac. Our platform helps teams eliminate redundant meetings, use their time efficiently, and collaborate as seamlessly as possible.