Are you there? Presence in collaborative distance work

Merja Bauters, Jana Pejoska, Eva Durall, Katri Saarikivi, Valtteri Wikström, Mari Falcon, Silja Martikainen
2021 Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments  
Already before the pandemic, digitally mediated collaborative work and communication were perceived as challenging. We investigate the attitudes towards emerging technologies and for transforming practises in workplaces. The focus lies on understanding the readiness for appropriating emotional tracking on presence and support for collaboration. The research-based design framework allowed to combine the various perspectives of the transdisciplinary team. Methods included participatory design,
more » ... ign thinking, contextual inquiry and prototype testing for enhancing presence while working with shared objects in video conferencing to explore the appropriation of tools. The findings revealed four indications: 1) awareness of interlocutors' presence during synchronous communication is crucial. 2) Emotion and behaviour tracking raises concerns about privacy and personal control over what is displayed to others, and technology could be simpler non-distracting the work at hand. 3) The prototype was found to enhance the feeling of presence without disturbing work at hand, and 4) appropriation requires a step-by-step approach.
doi:10.14254/1795-6889.2021.17-3.5 fatcat:lqqtz4pvhjgarprs3t2o23umdy