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As the world progressed and technology advanced, from dial-up modems and home fax machines to Apple MacBook Pros, iPhones, and Zoom conferences, the sense of seamless, borderless interactions led to a state of complacency for many.
FREMONT, CA: Teleworking, telecotaging, and telecommuting are all terms for virtual working. Over the last 30 years, the world of remote working has taken on some exotic names, and for a long time, the concept of working from home was considered unusual in and of itself.
However, as the world progressed and technology advanced, from dial-up modems and home fax machines to Apple MacBook Pros, iPhones, and Zoom conferences, the sense of seamless, borderless interactions led to a state of complacency for many. The iconic image of the 'work anywhere' worker was of a slender, bare-footed figure squished against a glass wall on the 20th story of a skyscraper, laptop, and smartphone in hand, the idea being that the setting didn't matter — one could work efficiently just about anywhere.
[vendor_logo_first]However, people know very little about how the virtual environment affects managerial conduct. Rather than merely asking people for their thoughts on what has changed, the authors offered systematic data collected before and throughout the pandemic to assist in identifying areas where significant shifts in behavior could be seen.
The evidence revealed that managers were just as driven and devoted to doing a good job as they had always been. However, the virtual working environment appeared to be detrimental to their effectiveness. They went inside, became task-oriented at the expense of relationship building, and found limited opportunities to learn new skills. They were getting increasingly 'blinkered' in their outlook, as alluded to in the paper's title.
Three related studies were carried out by the researchers. The first looked at management efficacy in their actions, comparing data from the summer of 2020 to data acquired in 2018. Managerial work was classified as cognitive (thinking and analyzing), task-oriented (getting things done), and people-oriented. Managers scored higher on cognitive work when working electronically, presumably due to fewer interruptions and task-oriented work overall. One remark made during the interviews was that "people are meeting their deadlines better."
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