Digital workspaces and the atomization of human communication
If we are social animals, and workplace networking and interaction is an important part of our psychological well-being, what are the implications of an increasingly telecommuting workforce?
It’s a well-known phenomenon that people are mean to each other over the Internet in their blogs and discussion board comments. E-mail is well known for being misinterpreted. People are well known for sending e-mails with words they would never say face-to-face.
Doesn’t that add up to an atomization of social interaction with with important negative potential consequences?
What kinds of policies could that drive organizations to develop with respect to official communications? Especially when people have a hard time distinguishing between personal and professional use of IT resources? Don’t these very policies serve as a source of irritation between the people and their organization?
And in different cultural norms across global communities and you can see some of the challenges of creating a digital workspace to take advantage of IT