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Is wfh for consulting sustainable? What are you missing the most from not being on client site? I miss the access to client teams on the fly and white boarding sessions.

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Before, I would just walk up to someones desk and quickly talk through an issue and get things done. That has now turned into setting up a call and “might as well CC these 5 people who might want to know” which leads to a lot of unnecessary questions and discussions. My company was also really relaxed about working hours. I didn’t have to be online until 10am and didn’t have to respond to things immediately. Now, I just get added to random teams chats to resolve issues all day and if I’m not responding within 5 min, it looks bad. Before, they would hold off asking me questions until they saw me in person bc it’s much easier to talk through things not over the internet. For my sanity, no it is not sustainable unless they start implementing quiet hours where we have some uninterrupted time to get work done. With the increase in the # of calls and the lack of hesitation to reach out to me for every single small thing, my hours have gone from 8-9 hr days to 11-15 hr days.

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Question for everyone: Has COVID affected how long you see yourself staying in consulting if this new way of working becomes permanent?

“Living at work” and putting in these 12 hour days with no change of scenery is doing a number on my mental health. Without the travel it’s just not as enjoyable anymore.

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I don't miss anything. Love sleeping longer and not dressing up or having to commute

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I also love sleeping and find it amazing that my plants stay alive

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I miss all of it. Flying, hotels, and people

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This. So much.

I miss getting dressed up and wearing heels. 👠👠👠Right about now I would be rocking several suede boots. At the end of this I will need physical therapy to learn how to walk in heels all over again. 😩

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You're the hot coworker I would casually flirt with at happy hour hoping for a sign, but resigning myself to friendship 🤣

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In tech, I don’t miss anything from delivering project point of view
But I think F2F is needed for relationship building , workshops and establishing trust

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Have a kick off meeting and few milestone meetings face to face, all others online.

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White boarding is my only issue. Trying to do it through Teams isn’t cutting it.

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SC5 Are you my coworker from this weeks workshop? LOL

Clients will eventually either reduce their amount of external help, or demand lower rates because you are now competing with every other remote and offshore firm large and small. Out of sight is out of mind.

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P1. Please define what you mean by “dumpster diving”. There are companies out there that can’t keep up with the new demands of programs like PBB for example. Big 4 are not giving away this work for free and our fees are not going down, in fact we are in control of pricing bc these companies can’t do the work without us.

I miss that entire “consulting lifestyle” - flying, expensed meals, hotels, team rooms, access to client offices, face to face meetings, team huddles, team dinners, happy hours

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If consulting to 90% travel/ 10% on site, wouldn't mind.

I miss the in person interactions and training opportunities + team dinners. Hard to read clients and get face time with them while remote too. You need some in person time to cement the relationship.

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per diem!

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I miss those things but I love not flying and staying at hotels

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The only thing I miss is not having points and miles for vacation

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This is it, if it ever goes back to old consulting the attrition will break the industry

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MD1, why don’t you share some of the recent pubs? Please enlighten us as to what you read. Thx

I don’t miss it at all. Maybe the only thing is not bonding as much with coworkers but I’ll take the loss of that over traveling / hotel life

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The increase in quality of life not traveling is already massive. Imagine what it will be like in a post COVID world with wfh. I never want to return to the office except for maybe a few days a month

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Not a thing. I love being able to stay home and spend time with my baby after work. And yoga pants. Yoga pants are amazing

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I want a bit of both, blend of 2 days there and 3 at home would be amazing. Miss interactions with people but no commute and flexible hours are pretty great

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It's not only sustainable, it's superior

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Team dinners and F2F training... I hope DU comes back

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130 lbs today. Highest I've ever been. Well, outside of my pregnancies.
I'm usually 115.
One year of covid lifestyle = 15lbs!!!
And the worst part is - I haven't been drinking, eating out a lot. It's all been at home, but just a lot of it.
Actually, the real worst part about this is - I've been SO sedentary that my body now aches like I'm an old grandma. Can't squat, can't bend, can't run, can't even brisk walk.
Idk where to even start. Help???

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I expect the return to office policy will allow me to WFH… or rather just FH when I’m hungover on Friday. If this is the case then I’m satisfied

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