What: Working remotely means more time on video conferencing tools and the risk of “Zoom fatigue”. Because we move around less, can’t read body language easily and always stare into a screen with talking heads (including a mirror of ourselves) there are a lot of things that distracts us from the conversations and leave us tired and disengaged.
So What: There are multiple ways to help mitigate screen fatigueness. Some apps allow you to blur out your background during video calls to avoid non-relevant visual input that might otherwise be distracting. In the future we’ll develop new literacies in understanding how to use remote work technologies in more optimal ways to minimize distraction and fatigueness.
This article is part of Emerging Futures of Remote Work – An Institute for the Future Signals Report for The Remote Lab