I have noticed a number of articles recently talking about why people find video conference calls so tiring.
Generally the reasons include:
As I read the articles I started to realise that a sizeable proportion of the population is getting an insight into what it is like to be autistic. For most autistic people, every day of our lives is like that:
This is why we:
Ironically, autistic people can find conference calls:
Could this insight help us in the hybrid future world of work?
If organisations want to capitalise on the benefits of remote working, but mix it with the collaborative benefits of offices, they should think about who would benefit most from being predominantly remote, and who should be predominantly on site.
Obviously the nature of the work lends itself to one or other of the environments, but then the nature of the people should be considered. All things being equal, it would seem to be sensible to place the people who benefit being online in the remote workforce, and those that benefit from the face-to-face social interaction in the on-site workforce.
Our new post-Covid world looks like it could be very interesting and exciting, but a little consideration could end up benefiting everyone.