Good morning everybody. I find myself on this day in my childhood home that contains nothing but fond memories. I always enjoyed being surrounded by family and now it’s more important to me than ever really. I’m still wrapping my head around first semester of my freshmen year almost being over and how much I’ve learned not only about myself but the larger community around me.
Anyways, today I’d like to fous on the rise of the telecommunication market. Virtual communication was already becoming a growing trend prior to the pandemic. Comapnies such as Zoom, Slack and of course, Microsoft have seen huge growth do the fact that they provide efficent vritual communication platforms. I think it’s a fair assumption to say that remote work thanks to technology will become the future of communication.
Ya know, being a first year student during the rise of these virtual platforms has been a… intersting experience to say the least. I had to finish senior year of highschool remotely so I’m no longer a stranger to these companies and the service they provide. However, I find that learning from a screen doesn’t work as well for me as I’d like it too. Being taught in a remote setting has made me appreaicte human interraction more than I already did prior; I’ve always been a fan of professional instruction in a classroom environment and some of the courses I’ve taken so far have not had these features.
It’s one thing to attend virtual lectures, at least somebody will be talking. However, courses that have gone asynchronus are a personal nightmare. I’ve realzied that the student must teach themselves essentially without the presence (even digital) of a professor.
All in all though, digital communication could provide a better work-life balance for employees who take the virtual route. A study done by the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Northwestern Univeristy foind that “those who work from home are less stressed and more productive than those who work a 9-to-5 job out of the home.” On the busisness side of things, companies no longer need to pay for much office space, depending on the amount of candidates that perfer to work at home.
On the other hand, human interaction will and has been missed by employees. Reports of diffulculty in maintaining motivation are very common. On the busisness side, many companies are loosing the feature of on the spot brainstorming for project ideas. At the same time, office morale has been lower due to the ratio of workers (virutal and physical) companies have decided to initiate.
Time will only tell where we’ll be and the world will look like in the next couple of years. I hope you all have the same amount of nervous excitement that I do as we cotinue our journey into the rising virutal world we’ve all found ourselves residing in.
Here are the sources I used for my research: