- pandemic /pan-DEM-ik/
- stroll /strohl/
- segregated /SEG-ri-gey-tid/
- workload /WURK-lohd/
- workplace /WURK-PLEYS/
[noun] – (of a disease) existing in almost all of an area or in almost all of a group of people, animals, or plants
In late January 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United Kingdom.
[noun] – a slow relaxed walk, especially for pleasure
We went for a stroll along the beach after dinner.
[adjective] – kept separate
The government made segregated bike paths last month.
[noun] – the amount of work to be done, especially by a particular person or machine in a period of time
Teachers frequently express their frustration with their excessive workloads.
[noun] – a building or room where people perform their jobs, or these places generally
We have discussed safety standards in the workplace.
Conversations in the coffee shop, shared birthday cakes, and a shared stroll to the car park at the end of the day allowed brief opportunities to connect outside of the office. Employees had at least some coworkers with whom they could exchange a few casual words throughout the workday, even if they didn’t directly work together or were on the same team. That has altered as a result of the shift to remote work. Employees now connect with the people with whom they share responsibilities via virtual channels, in a much more segregated manner. Many people’s work worlds have shrunk – no more “just because” discussions with the woman in IT or the guy in accounting – since there is no work-related motivation to seek out colleagues who aren’t connected to their roles and workloads. Colleagues who used to be modest – but vital – aspects of workers’ office lives have effectively vanished.
It’s apparent that this has an impact on employees; research reveals that many remote workers feel disconnected from their teams and organizations. Slacking or Zooming a coworker you don’t know well for no reason other than work is a challenging challenge to solve — after all, it could feel strange. Finding means to rebuild these post-pandemic work networks, on the other hand, may be critical to long-term workplace happiness.
- Do you enjoy working remotely? Why or why not?
- What do you usually talk about in your free time with your colleagues? Could you tell me more about it?
- If you were to choose, would you like to work at home or in the office? Why?
- Do you agree that remote workers feel disconnected from their teams and organizations because of the situation nowadays?
- Can you work with someone online you have not met yet? Why or why not?