Remember back in March when we were all told that a 2-week lockdown was needed in order to “flatten the curve” of a contagious and deadly disease? Things turned out a lot more differently than planned!
It’s now October and I find myself missing the office and, yes, even the commute. I have been able to go from tolerating (though struggling) with working from home to being able to even enjoy a 9-5 routine at home.
However, since I started a new job in June I still haven’t met any of my current coworkers face-to-face. I miss in-person interactions at work. I know that my working from home, with growing discipline, has enabled the “deep work” and “asynchronous communication” that businesses want so badly from us for productivity. But I feel like the trade-off is that it is much harder to build camaraderie among peers. Or is that just me?
Learning more about my co-worker Frank over Slack somehow feels more intrusive than casually asking him what he likes to do in his free time over a sandwich at the office cafeteria. Or is that just me?
Either way, once offices reopen I certainly hope to never take the office space or interacting with co-workers for granted ever again.
How about you? Are you finding ways to keep personally connected with your co-workers or is it harder now that you can’t see them in-person? Drop your thoughts in the comments.