The pandemic has changed a lot. Old doors closed, new ones opened and sometimes right in between a space opened where old and new could meet. It is no exaggeration to say that the work landscape has been affected by this transition more than most. A few years ago, remote or hybrid work would not even have visited people in their dreams, and yet today it is a reality. A reality that has its own advantages and disadvantages. A video on TikTok in which a man shares his experience of remote work and the futility of Microsoft team meetings has gone viral, striking a chord with a good majority of users who are going through more or less the same plight. Read along to learn more.
The reality behind virtual meetings
Indeed, remote and hybrid working has become a preferred alternative to working in the office. However, most people who prefer a hybrid or remote working model are not very happy about virtual meetings, which for most are nothing but an absolute waste of time.
Recently, a TikTok user by the name of @koupleofkorsys posted a video showing him logging into a Microsoft Teams meeting to say thank you and finally failing even that. The text overlay reads, “POV: Getting ready for my team’s meeting, only to say ‘thank you’ at the end.” As he settles in, sips water and makes sure the TV remote is within a comfortable distance, misses he totally thanks. He ends the video by asking if anyone else can identify with the situation. The video resonated with several others and immediately went viral on TikTok. It was viewed over 270,000 times as of Saturday. The comments on the video reflect the fact that the situation is not unique.
“I’m glad this is more universal than I thought it was,” wrote one viewer
Another said: “Most of the meetings I have to attend I have absolutely nothing to contribute.”
Are virtual meetings pointless?
Virtual meetings have long come under fire from people who consider them a massive waste of time. Certain reports state that over 30 percent of people dedicate about five hours a week to these meetings, and a good majority of them find them completely unproductive and useless. While some find these meetings prevent them from completing their tasks on time, they add to the pressure and exhaustion.