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”
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)