Love it or hate it, remote working is here to stay even after the current pandemic times. Things may change a bit once we get back to the previous normal, but remote work will be more embraced and accepted by organizations worldwide in the post-pandemic times. Nonetheless, the tools we use to carry out the remote work, especially the team video-call/chat applications are not yet 100% effective in providing a healthy work experience. It’s a common thing these days people talk about ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and how they are getting even more tired by the end of the workday.
The re is one way to significantly improve the remote work experience, simply by using more asynchronous communication. It’s the opposite of regular ‘synchronous’ chat/video calls that demand a lot of attention and real-time response from the team members. Asynchronous communication practice offers employees a chance to respond to messages as and when they’re available. There is no pressure in providing real-time response.
Indeed, we need a real-time response from team members in emergencies. But the important thing is to limit those synchronous work communication only to those exceptional situations and shifting the balance more towards asynchronous communication practices within the team or entire organization as much as possible.