- How do you communicate with your coworkers at work?
- Are you close to your coworkers? Why?
- shrink /shringk/
- remote /ri-MOHT /
- manner /MAN-er/
- crucial /KROO-shuhl /
- long-term /LAWNG-turm/
[verb] – to become smaller, or to make something smaller
If you wash your sweater at too high a temperature, it will shrink.
[adjective] – far away in distance
Australia is huge and remote from the world’s major population centers.
[noun] – the way in which something is done
She locked her gaze on me in an accusing manner.
[adjective] – extremely important or necessary
Her contribution was crucial to the project’s success.
[adjective] – continuing a long time into the future
He felt the long-term effects of the drug.
Coworker communication used to be required as part of the office routine. Outside of the office, conversations in the coffee shop, shared birthday cakes, and a shared walk to the car park at the end of the day provided brief opportunities to connect. As a result of the transition to remote work, this has changed. Employees increasingly use virtual channels to communicate with those with whom they share duties in a much more separated manner. Because there is no work-related reason to seek out colleagues who aren’t connected to their roles and workloads, many people’s work worlds have shrunk – no more “just because” chats with the woman in IT or the guy in accounting.
Employees are affected; research shows that many remote workers feel detached from their teams and businesses. Slacking or Zooming a coworker you don’t know well for no other reason than work is a difficult problem to address – after all, it could seem weird. On the other hand, finding ways to restore these post-pandemic work networks could be crucial to long-term professional pleasure.
- Based on the article, what provided brief opportunities to connect with coworkers?
- What do employees use to communicate with those with whom they share duties?
- How was the employees’ world described in the article?
- According to the article, how do remote workers feel?
- What is a difficult problem to address?
- 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?