SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In April 2020 around 70% of American employees started to work remotely. 74% of CFO’s in 1 survey said they plan to permanently move some positions to remote positions.

Dr. Barbara Bumberry with Mercy Hospital says there are good and not so good benefits to going virtual.


  • Able to keep education going for students.
  • Telemedicine has kept healthcare visits accessible for many during the pandemic.
  • Can visit with family and friends. Less loneliness.
  • Can participate in activities virtually (eg. Church, fitness classes)
  • Working remotely can free up time for family, leisure activities.


  • “Zoom fatigue”
  • Asynchronous communication
  • Loss of non-verbal cues“Fight or flight” reaction
  • Pre-occupation with one’s appearance
  • Work, family, and social life may now be occurring in the same space.
  • Lack of “gaze awareness”
  • Headaches

What should you do?

  • Free tech from Spatial – allows for virtual meetings
  • Raise screen to eye level and look at camera, not other participants
  • Consider turning off camera and turning on mute function when not speaking
  • Limit use of videoconferencing and schedule breaks
  • Be fully engaged in the meeting. Avoid side activities (texting, answering emails)