3 misconceptions about the future work environment

First impressions, intuitive reactions, and untested assumptions about the future work environment are embedded in social myths. Even when they turned out to be wrong, people still believed.

Here are three misconceptions about the future of the work environment:

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1. ‘Zoom fatigue’ is a serious problem

Everyone started complaining about ‘Zoom fatigue’ when employees began to telecommute on a large scale in the aftermath of the pandemic that began in 2020.

In fact, many users have experienced ‘zoom fatigue’. Social distancing has become an opportunity for users to abuse video conferencing tools. Therefore, video conferencing services such as Zoom have almost dominated the work day, and as users start video chatting with family and friends, they are also invading the realm of individuals.

This phenomenon reminds us of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the 1990s when millions of users used PCs and mice all day at work, or Ghost Vibration Syndrome, which started in the early 2000s when they kept their smartphones in their pockets.

However, people have already gotten used to this kind of situation, and have also adapted to ‘zoom fatigue’. Meeting times are getting shorter and shorter, and long video calls between individuals are on the decline. In addition, they are becoming accustomed to video conferencing without realizing it. According to the latest study by the Pew Research Center, 74% of employees using videoconferencing tools said they were “good” with how much time they spent using videoconferencing tools.

It is true that ‘zoom fatigue’ still exists. Also, superior alternative technologies such as avatar-based AR conferencing are emerging. However, it turns out that ‘Zoom fatigue’ isn’t as serious a problem as people fear.

2. You must move to an area with high-speed broadband

Telecommuting, hybrid and teleworking, and the digital nomad have emerged based on emerging technologies such as home PCs and the web, home networking, mobile computers, Wi-Fi, and smartphones.

Recently, space exploration company SpaceX has made two major advances. The company’s Starlink satellite service provides high-speed Internet access anywhere within its coverage area for $110 per month. As a result, remote workers can work in small towns or remote islands or mountains without problems.

Starlink eliminates the inconvenience of having to travel to a large city to connect to high-speed Internet. As a result, in March of this year, the number of Starlink service subscribers exceeded 250,000.

Further, Starlink announced last week that they can take their services elsewhere for an additional $25 per month. Users can use high-speed Internet as long as they take the satellite antenna on the road or abroad, as long as they do not deviate from service areas such as all of North America and most of Europe.

Users can now perform practical tasks with high-speed Internet in multiple locations without worrying about connectivity. In other words, Starlink is a technology that dramatically expands the options for living and working as a digital nomad.

In addition, Starlink continues to improve network performance by adding improved software and orbiting satellites.

3. Retirement is a disaster

More than 47 million people quit their jobs last year. This trend continues into 2022. Since the pandemic, turnover has increased by 20% worldwide, and remains at this level. The reason is obvious. This is because flexible work and remote work have been frequently implemented in recent years, and the disadvantages due to resignation have been significantly lowered as people can freely move their residence.

Many articles are raising the alarm by treating this phenomenon as a crisis. But is it really that serious?

In conclusion, this issue is somewhat exaggerated. 47 million people quit their jobs is like a catastrophe, but in 2019, before the pandemic, there were already 42 million people who left. It is true that the number of people leaving the company is increasing, but looking at it, there is no big difference from before.

The key here is that recent retirees are leaving in search of better jobs or places to live. Previously, most of them were restricted from leaving the company, or they were afraid to put it into practice.

Forcing employees to hold on to them is nothing less than corporate greed. Employees are encouraged to do what they can to achieve a sense of purpose and freedom to choose the life they want. Companies should strive to improve the employee experience.

Therefore, the ‘Great Resignation’ can be said to be an opportunity for revenge.
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