"What we as human beings need, want, seek ... is human contact" Nadella says. He was speaking at a virtual conference organized by The Wall Street Journal.
Had enough of them, yet?
I mean Zoom meetings, conferences, artificial wine gatherings, coffee clatches, other peoples living rooms, the lingering suspicion that, below the nice shirt and tie, there are pajama pants under the desk, the incessant scheduling and pinging... and the invitations and the details?
Well, I have, and necessary evil or not, I am cutting them down to the barest of essential zoomings.
And, according to NPR, I am not alone.
The publicly supported station quotes these leaders:
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says there's no vital "creative combustion" happening in virtual settings.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker finds Zoom meetings "awful".
And Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls them transactional, where "30 minutes into your first video meeting in the morning... you're fatigued."
According to NPR, amid early pandemic lockdowns, many were touting the benefits. James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, said his bank would need much less real estate in the future because even though he was a fan of having teams together, "we've proven we can operate with no footprint." He was not alone in the sentiment either as NY's commercial real estate market has gone begging.
C-suiters have gone U-Turn on zoom meetings, holding that they lead to a sterile work culture lacking in imagination.
"What we as human beings need, want, seek... is human contact," Nadella says. He was speaking at a virtual conference organized by The Wall Street Journal.
Jamie Dimon is quopted by NPR as being worried particularly about how working from home affects JPMorgan's younger employees. He told analysts that productivity had dipped, especially on Mondays and Fridays.
Dimon stated that bringing people back to the office is paramount to fostering creativity.
Architect and design firms which have an interest in people returning to office spaces report that 40% of people who ran businesses have noticed decreases in productivity from remote working staff.
We learn too that employees, who sit in front of a computer every day in the same spot of their homes find the experience "draining."
They missed being able to connect face to face with colleagues and had trouble setting boundaries for when work started or ended.
"It was surprising to see so many people felt this remote work fatigue, especially given the...