I didn’t know the closest I’d get to bonding with my coworkers in 2020 would be by strapping a screen to my face.
I never got to meet the bulk of them — you know, my East Coast work “family” — before lockdown life locked me into the Bay Area. Sure, there was the occasional weekly video chat. But that was really the extent of it.
“We’ll fly you out for a visit in the New Year,” management told me. That was the plan and I was fine with that.
Thing is, that New Year — the 2020 that will go down in infamy — brought with it a very unwelcome surprise. (Do I even need to spell it out?)
Eventually, we all adjusted to our new socially distanced world. Zoom soon became a buzzword even grandmothers knew. Webcams were often out of stock online. Life became one unending series of scheduled screen time.
Then the novelty wore off, the WFH fatigue set in, the cold winter months approached, and many wondered how we could continue on living and working this way.
And when would it end?Continue reading… “The future of remote work is a lot like living in a video game”