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Video Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Established: March 17, 2020

In common with companies around the world, from March in 2020 Microsoft employees entered a prolonged period of mandatory working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wondered what would happen to employees’ effectiveness and collegiality as all meetings went remote. From April through August 2020 we recruited 849 employees to take part in a large scale study involving two month diaries and weekly polls. This ‘natural experiment’ highlighted the everyday reality of the difference in “being there” as against “being remote” in work situations.



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Sean Rintel

Principal Researcher

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Abigail Sellen

Distinguished Scientist and Lab Director

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Advait Sarkar

Senior Researcher

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Nancy Baym

Senior Principal Research Manager

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Priscilla Wong

Research Assistant 2020-2021

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Damian Borowiec

Research Assistant 2021

PhD - Lancaster University

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Rachel Bergmann

Research Assistant