Social and Ubiquitous Technologies for Remote Worker Wellbeing and Productivity in a Post-Pandemic World

  • Vedant Das Swain
  • Koustuv Saha
  • Gregory Abowd
  • Munmun De Choudhury

ABSTRACT

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote work styles have become the norm. However, these work settings introduce new intricacies in worker behaviors. The overlap between work and home can disrupt performance. The lack of social interaction can affect motivation. This elicits a need to implement novel methods to evaluate and enhance remote worker functioning. The potential to unobtrusively and automatically assess such workers can be fulfilled by social and ubiquitous technologies. This paper situates our recent work in the new context by extending our insights for increased remote interaction and online presence. We present implications for proactive assessment of remote workers by understanding day-level activities, coordination, role awareness, and organizational culture. Additionally, we discuss the ethics of privacy preserving deployment, employer surveillance, and digital inequity. This paper aims to inspire pervasive technologies for the new future of work.

CCS Concepts:
• Human-centered computingEmpirical studies in collaborative and social computing; Empirical studies in ubiquitous and mobile computing; Social media;Applied computingPsychology.

Keywords

future of work, remote work, social media, workplace, worker wellbeing, personnel management, daily activity, routine, role, culture, LinkedIn, Bluetooth, passive sensing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/S

Vedant Das Swain
Georgia Institute of Technology
vedantswain@gatech.edu

Vedant Das Swain is a CS Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, specializing in HCI. He is advised by Gregory D. Abowd and Munmun De Choudhury. His interests lie at the intersection of ubiquitous computing and social wellbeing. [https://vedantswain.com/]

Koustuv Saha
Georgia Institute of Technology
koustuv.saha@gatech.edu

Koustuv Saha is a CS Ph.D. candidate at Georgia Tech, specializing in Social Computing. He is advised by Munmun De Choudhury. He studies computational approaches to infer the wellbeing of situated communities with social media. [https://koustuv.com/]

Gregory Abowd
Georgia Institute of Technology
abowd@gatech.edu

Munmun De Choudhury
Georgia Institute of Technology
Munmun.Choudhury@cc.gatech.edu

New Future of Work 2020, August 3–5, 2020
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