Work from Home Means We Miss Out on Casual Conversations

Now that most of us work from home, we’ve lost something. Sure, we’re more productive but I suspect each of us are suffering the psychological equivalent of a vitamin deficiency.

What’s missing are the important incidental and casual conversations that occurred in an unstructured way while we were in the office. Back to back Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings don’t provide an optimum level of conversational nutrition. They are the equivalent of binging on McDonald’s burgers. You think you’re eating real food but after a while you feel gross.

Back to back Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings don’t provide an optimum level of conversational nutrition

While I cant do anything about our collective corona paralysis, I can try and recreate the past conditions that gave birth to interesting conversations with my colleagues.

To that end, I recorded a podcast episode with my workmate, Ryan Stott, which is a relaxed conversation with a loose structure. We discuss why it is a challenge to communicate in a bold and honest way. I’m happy with how it turned out.

Download the episode here or listen directly below on Libsyn or YouTube.

Podcast Notes

— The book I referenced, Writing Without Bullshit by Josh Bernoff

— The book Ryan mentioned, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Ryan Stott’s LinkedIn profile

— Ryan’s bold article, Dear Marketers: Stop Ruining Social Selling!

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Tim Horan is a writer and editor from Sydney, Australia. Start a conversation with him here, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. His website is timhoran.com

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