The Weekly Stripe – 06.03.20
With the spread of Coronavirus, we're also seeing the rapid proliferation of remote working as more people either choose to or have to work from home. In this week's links we're thinking about remote working culture and how these sudden changes might impact different people.
Quartz reports on how the spike in working from home is affecting Chinese workers whose working cultures are unaccustomed to supporting remote work. From workers being pushed to share their realtime location and selfies to new features rapidly developed for Chinese productivity apps such as a beautify feature for video-conferencing.
In this PechaKucha, ethnographer Sam Ladner explores how remote working technology is evolving to better support bodywork – practices such as eye contact, touch, physical proximity and eating which help us form the social bonds that are critical to working effectively together. Video (sign in required).
The boost to remote working is having a corresponding impact on the stock prices of companies building online produtivity tools. The videoconferencing service Zoom has added 2.22 million new users in 2020, more than in all of 2019, and their shares were up 40% in February.
Meanwhile the New York Times reports on how remote working is a luxury that not everyone can afford, for example those working in service industries and construction. According to labor department data, just 29% of of Americans are able to work from home, and for those who can’t paid sick leave may not be an option.
What about the affect of remote work on your mental health? Working from home can make it difficult to set boundaries between work and leisure, while some struggle with feeling isolated. This Forbes article suggests some strategies to improve your wellbeing if you find yourself working from home for long periods.