Managing Conflicting Demands from Home and Work
While working at home allows for more flexibility with your time, it also means that there may be more disruptions that could intervene with your work. Having to wear multiple hats as you toggle between your work and personal life can be challenging.
Extra Cognitive Load from Video Calls
The gallery view on video calls where we see every participant’s face at a glance poses an extra challenge for the brain. With multiple faces showing up on screen, our brain is constantly multitasking to decode everyone’s faces and take in various information from the backgrounds all at once. We are essentially overwhelmed with various environmental cues all at one go.
Furthermore, it is harder to decipher facial expressions and tones over zoom. Decoding gestures, facial expressions and tone are key in facilitating communication. What would have been an automatic process in face-to-face interactions now requires intentional effort when we hold discussions online.