But it was and continues to be illuminating to see huge parts of the business world shift to virtual meeting mode. I've been working remote since 2004 -- but it was a game changer to have EVERYONE on a call also be in their own space.
I know it's common to express fatigue and disdain for Zoom and other video platforms. We're all sick of them, sure. But what a true gift they have been the last few years. I did audio-only for more than a decade...trust me, video is much better. And that's a little bit about the faces - the virtual human contact - but it's MOSTLY about the shared screens. If you only knew how many times I was the on a remote audio call while others were in the same room, writing on a white board and using ambiguous terms like "this" and "that" for the options on the board! "But if we do THAT, then this will never work." And it's incredibly hard to break into a room full of people having a lively conversation around the white board to ask "Could someone throw me a noun?!?"
One definite silver lining of all the Zoom meetings is, I think, people will be more cognizant of the challenges of remote team members in the future. And of the benefit of any kind of shared visual aid when you're collaborating.
I hope so anyway.