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Citigroup introducing Zoom Free Fridays to battle lockdown stress

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(NEW YORK) — With millions of at-home employees working via Zoom since the pandemic locked down offices all over the world, Citigroup is calling for a break. 

The company’s new chief executive, Jane Fraser, has announced ‘Zoom-Free Fridays” in an effort to cut down on pandemic fatigue among its employees. 

According to a memo obtained by the Financial Times, Fraser declared that the ubiquitous video meetings are “blurring of lines between home and work,” adding the “the relentlessness of the pandemic workday” is “simply not sustainable.”

Fraser explained she’s experienced this herself — and so have her co-workers. 

“After listening to colleagues around the world, it became apparent that we need to combat the ‘Zoom fatigue’ that many of us feel, so I overcame my initial resistance to this idea,” she continued, noting that Citigroup’s reach contributed to the fatigue.

“We are a global company that operates across time zones, but when our work regularly spills over into nights, very early mornings and weekends, it can prevent us from recharging fully, and that isn’t good for you nor, ultimately, for Citi,” Frasier said.

Indeed, not only is Zooming stressing us out, but seeing our faces projected in front of us constantly has also  made us more self-conscious. It’s led to what some cosmetic surgeons are referring to as a ‘Zoom boom’ in people seeking nips and tucks and other procedures to make them appear more camera ready.

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