The lockdowns due to the coronavirus disease pandemic have become synonymous with working from home for many people.
While some research has suggested that remote work can be isolating, it also makes the competing priorities that workers are juggling very visible — even sometimes literally so due to the popularity of video calls.
This has the potential to unite workers with the feeling that they are in this struggle of balancing work and personal responsibilities together.
Whether it’s kids or pets that are popping up onscreen during Zoom calls, remote work has caused a relaxation in the traditional rules of professional presentation and resulted in a virtual workplace that is not only more flexible, but also more humane.
A survey of these workers suggests that what it means to behave “professionally” has changed, and that the pandemic has made clear the necessity of being able to bring one’s authentic self to work.