Remote working adds a layer of abstraction

Remote working is a fantastic thing that brings benefits to individuals, families, organisations, and society, but it isn’t without its challenges.

Remote working adds a layer of abstraction to everything everyone does, a layer that requires interpretation by everyone else. When people are co-located they can communicate more deeply with body language, social cues, etc, and if someone wants to see someone else’s work they can walk over to them and look at their monitor. Video calls and screen sharing may make us feel closer to the real life versions but its important we remember and account for the abstraction those technologies introduce.