Are you on mute? That may be the least of your worries. Hundreds of millions of people used video-conferencing services like Zoom and Google Meets during the pandemic, but workplace experts say they may be getting lazy, daydreaming during virtual meetings even while they’re logged in, and jeopardizing their professional relationships and career prospects.
In fact, it may be no coincidence that Eric Yuan, chief executive of Zoom, the videoconferencing company which saw its popularity explode over the last three years, has in recent weeks called back employees who live within 50 miles of a Zoom office to come back to work in person, at least part time. It’s a Catch-22: On the one hand, workers want a healthier work/life balance and, on the other, they’re becoming more blasé about virtual meetings — either because there are just so many of them, or they’re at home in their sweats and tired of looking at themselves in a virtual mirror. It’s not a problem that’s going to go away. Recent research carried out by Deloitte found that 87% of respondents wanted some kind of remote-work arrangement. “Zoom
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