For the past I’m not sure how long, I’ve rolled out of bed and was in my office. In about two weeks time my work schedule is undergoing a change. Mondays and Fridays will remain work-at-home, Tuesday through Thursday will be in the office from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Thats so there is some kind of transition into a full-time office situation for those who desire it. There will be some who wish to remain at home to work for the foreseeable future.
Frequency of interaction is needed. Desired. For inspiration, for collaboration, for efficiency, and for comradeship. I cannot tell you how many times if we were all in the office I could have had someone help me to solder some tricky components, or to fix a configuration file. It would have taken mere moments. But we had to schedule a Teams call to get something like that done. We’d have to drive into work and exchange some hardware… consuming a morning. We’d demo in a parking lot.
Frequency is coming back and I couldn’t be happier. I thrive in ad-hoc visit environments. Where ideas are exchanged, coffee consumed in the cafeteria and you get a list of eureka moments culled in the span of thirty minutes. I am by no means a social animal. If I get to know you and I get comfortable around you – you won’t be able to shut me up. I’m not very good at small talk. I try, but I can’t pretend like I’ll ever be very good at it. But the social aspect of work, in-person banter, I think makes a world of difference. Also – the drive into the office is a form of commitment… you can’t just leave to go home on a whim, you took the time and the energy to get there. When working from home, you can put on the latest Mythic Quest and disappear for 40 minutes at the drop of a dime.
To those venturing back into those lonely hallways and corridors – do great things.