To help keep workdays from blending into home life for remote employees, Microsoft will be adding a “virtual commute” to its Teams software in early 2021.
Daily commutes have unique wellness benefits, so Microsoft wants to revive those special blocks of time to reflect on the day’s events or mentally unwind before kids’ homework, dinner, laundry, etc.
Teams’ new features will present employees with their list of tasks for the day, then celebrate completed tasks with a “Way to go!” message.
The evening “commute” ends in an optional 10-minute guided meditation produced by Headspace, the mindfulness app. Of course, you might opt out, after spending hours in front of a screen and, say, just go for a walk to clear your head.