Zoom and a bit about the downsides of decentralized work

Zoom and a bit about the downsides of decentralized work
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“It seemed like we’d have more time and greater schedule control. Instead, it feels like we are never really disconnected. We simulate happy hours and book clubs but experience greater isolation.”
- Stella Lupushor

 

Zoom and a bit about the downsides of decentralized work

 

In late winter 2019, many workers fled their offices for the safety of home. These knowledge workers embody a new class of privilege who have the ability to work and earn from the convenience of their house. The change was hurried by necessity, but with little understanding of the consequences.

 

Surprisingly, being freed from centralized work locations can feel more constraining. Remote work requires detailed scheduling of interactions. Gone is the serendipity that drives cohesion in the workforce. Even worse, the boss can suddenly see your home and home life, even if it’s mostly from the torso up. It seemed like we’d have more time and greater schedule control. Instead, it feels like we are never really disconnected. We simulate happy hours and book clubs but experience greater isolation.

 

Being virtual is exhausting

 

We lose our sense of presence in virtual environments. Humans have a built-in ability to

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