After meeting in person with my teammates for work, I realized it’s far easier to joke around and riff in person rather than on Zoom. For this group of people, my primary means of communication was Zoom for the past 6 months and the effects were noticeable.
It has something to do with removing latency and improved feedback with body language. Everyone can hear even if there are overlapping voices. Jokes are more responsive.
- Self-presentation causes zoom fatigue, less so for in-person meeting with close colleagues.
- Low-bandwidth collaboration would benefit from a snappy way to make jokes. For example, a funny Slack emoji to react to a comment.
- The effects of remote work on collaboration among information workers. An under looked at cause might be jokes.