Yang and colleagues investigated the remote work experiences of Microsoft employees. They report that “The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused a rapid shift to full-time remote work for many information workers. Viewing this shift as a natural experiment in which some workers were already working remotely before the pandemic enables us to separate the effects of firm-wide remote work from other pandemic-related confounding factors.
Boland and colleagues studied conversations during Zoom meetings. They learned that “Small, variable transmission delays over Zoom disrupt the typical rhythm of conversation, leading to delays in turn initiation. This study compared local and remote (Zoom) turn transition times. . . . We consider the possibility that electronic transmission delays disrupt neural oscillators that normally synchronize on syllable rate, at around, 150–300 ms per cycle . . . and enable interlocutors to effortlessly and precisely time the initiation of their turns.”
Recently, lots of attention has focused on meetings, and we’ve all learned to Zoom. Future in-meeting experiences will continue to significantly affect both individual and organizational wellbeing and performance. Neuroscience research can be used to encourage at-meeting situations with advantageous outcomes.
For decades, neuroscientists have been working on solving the wicked problem of how to best design settings for collaboration/meetings. The dozen most crucial (and practical) things they’ve learned are discussed here. Many neuroscience findings are relevant during either physical or virtual sessions.
Seeing and communicating linked
The Lighting Research Center (LRC: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is making available, at the YouTube address noted below, a short tutorial on the best lighting for at-home video conferences; the insights shared by this prestigious research team are also applicable in conference rooms at employer owned/managed facilities.
Influencing social- and case-related communication
Generating quality conversations
An opportunity to enhance experience
Weijs-Perree lead a team that investigated how university employees and students use spaces for face-to-face interactions.