May 1st, 2020
On My Mind

Office Envy

More than anything, I miss seeing my friends in person, not on Zoom. And, for the first time in ages, I miss working in an office. This was one of my stranger dreams — putting on a suit and heading out to work. Human interaction, sharing ideas, and a creative environment are sorely lacking in my life right now.

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  • We all just need an excuse to wear real clothes again! Do we remember how to button and zipper?

    Paula BMay 1st, 2020  7:20 AM

     
  • I understand your feelings. I retired in December, 2017. I worked in a very large office, but had a small group of friends and an even smaller group of close friends. I didn’t miss the work at all…I was very happy not to have the pressure of a first-line manager…but I missed my people. Two women and I started meeting regularly for lunch…and we continued that until this pandemic. All of us long for the time when we can once again sit face to face with our friends to share a meal and conversation.

    SharonMay 1st, 2020  8:00 AM

     
  • Preston, my husband and I were just talking about this last evening. He’s in the midst of a two day Zoom meeting with a small group and I had a Zoom meeting last week with 150 people. You miss so much not being in the same room, enjoying the nuances of a face to face conversation. There’s no way this is the trend of the future. It’s so dehumanizing.

    KimMay 1st, 2020  9:13 AM

     
  • We will never take ANYTHING for granted again!

    SusanMay 1st, 2020  9:41 AM

     
  • Preston, I couldn’t agree more! There is something so consequential about in-person communication that simply cannot be replicated on a screen. xG

    gigi sheldonMay 1st, 2020  10:06 AM

     
  • Agreed. As much as I hated the “painful” routine of getting ready (make-up, hair, & heels) and the short 20 minute commute, I am even more reminded of really how good that felt! To be ready for the day and be in the office. I now WFH but it isn’t really the same. Grateful & reminded of a good life either way.

    mydaMay 1st, 2020  12:04 PM

     
  • Agree Preston. Think this quarantine has taught many of us, certainly me, how much we value “in person” interaction. Maybe the silver lining here-now we truly understand just how much we need one another.

    Mary Beth TaylorMay 1st, 2020  12:19 PM

     
  • I agree with all the above! I have worked out of my home solo for about 15 years and although it suits my life and personality in most ways, I do regret not having the company of co-workers. That said, I have attended a few Zoom law association meetings over the past month and the nature of that kind of interaction is not comparable to normal interaction, imo, whether a solo operator or not! Moral of the story, don’t conduct your life online! Reach out, even if just by telephone, and interact one on one with people. Its part of our DNA.

    AprilMay 1st, 2020  12:37 PM

     
  • I’m so glad to hear you say this! Kim and April sum up my feelings perfectly. Anyone who boasts that the ‘new normal’ is sitting home wearing a mask, fearful and mailing it in, communicating at an arm’s reach, never actually having to meet and work face to face, is missing out on the whole point of the human experience. IMO, there is a quality of life and achievement of excellence in our work that can only exist when it involves some level of human interaction.

    PaulaMay 1st, 2020  8:08 PM

     

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