May 10, 2021

HSBC to pilot Zoom-free Friday afternoons

Banking giant HSBC plans Zoom-free Friday afternoons for some UK staff in an effort to tackle stress caused by working from home during the pandemic. "The trial will involve a number of people committing to not setting up Zoom meetings on a Friday afternoon to allow space for other work," said a spokesperson for the bank. Mr Frostick, a regulatory programme manager, said he had decided while recovering in hospital that he would restructure his approach to work, adding: "I'm not spending all day on Zoom anymore." With more people working from home as coronavirus curbs discourage the daily commute to the office, video conferencing apps such as Zoom provide a necessary means of enabling staff to meet. Even Zoom's chief operating officer, Aparna Bawa, has acknowledged there is a problem.

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