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What are your thoughts on heading back to the office?

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I think it depends on your job. As a manager we have more flexibility. But our support guys collaborate all the time. They spend hours on meet or GTM calls. This will give them the chance to collaborate more effectively. I think flexibility in hours and schedules makes a ton of sense. But even my introverts would like to have team meetings and huddles again. I’m looking forward to being back in the office so I can separate my work and home life again. In IT we already compromise for “deadlines” or “emergencies” and work from home. But the last year there was no wall to keep them apart. I worked way too many hours because I would lose track of time and blow past stopping time. Having to go home should help with that. I think it all depends on how you work and what your job is made up of.

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I think that if a person is really necessary to be on site, it should be considered as 'a priority of physical presence', but many of the current jobs do not require or need physical presence in companies, therefore, the option of doing HomeOffice as well must be present. It is also important to say that socially it can affect, work is like a new university, and people also get tired or demotivated if they do not have the possibility to interact with other people. Then again: it must be an option by virtue of the roles and responsibilities that each worker has within their corporate context.

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I am so content in my life with WFH now it will be hard to go back to the office.

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Agreed WFH has been a dream for me for many, many years and its finally come true.

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I want it flexible. WFH+office at my own terms. Occasionally coming to to office. I want to travel to different cities and work from there.

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Hard pass

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I need to see people again. I really miss being able to swing by desks or mill about in the kitchen. I don't know if that life is over anyway, even back at the office, but I struggle being alone, as I live alone. However, I realllly want flexibility.

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I have not thought about it like that before. It's easier for me to have a sort of "default" on a social life with an office, because I'm not much of an extrovert, but that's a really good point. I haven't thought about aloneness in the context of being able to be more proactive about socializing...at least not in a long time.

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No interest in going back, other than as needed. I don't miss having to rush and deal with traffic all the time. These days of quality work and quality family time has been amazing.

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I've been fully remote for almost 7 years now and there is absolutely nothing that could induce me to go back to a physical office.

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I don't see the need for it. Being able to work from home adds value to the quality of life and having to work feels more rewarding.

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I don’t want to go back, in fact it is giving me anxiety. At home I am more efficient and also content. I know the flex option will not work because I will feel the social pressure that “everyone is in the office, some conversations are going on that I don’t know about” and out of fear I will go. But this will be a negative association for me and I will drag going to the office even more

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Maybe you should set-up a zoom call to your office PC so people can have impromptu discussions with you XD

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Office creates lots of time wasters. Would like to go to office only when useful.

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I want it on my own terms - ie, hotel desk model

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I worked in consulting during the early part of my career and the hoteling model definitely is the right model to institute if people are not coming into the office 4 days a week. Of course for those who come in 4-5 days permanent desks make a ton of sense

Looking forward to it. Wfh is really getting to me.

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Really has been great! No commute and just as productive

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Commuting to the office (or promoting that others should commute to the office when they don't 100% need to) during the climate emergency is a hard no for me. Why anything else is relevant is beyond me.

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I did - it sucks. And so does public transportation. WeDriveU is a great service/company, however. My initial comment was regarding the ridiculousness of citing the “climate emergency” as the only factor playing into WFH and the sentiment around it

I want flex if possible. I'm now used to being able to run to the dr, store, etc if I need to during the day. The only time I'm needed synchronously is meetings or if something breaks but that's what cell phones are for. I personally hate fixed office hours.

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If we have a flex schedule and teammates don’t coordinate days then the opportunity to swing by desks is gone. I think the in person synergy might not come back without a fair bit of effort.

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For me if I am disengaged at work I am unproductive, home or otherwise. An uninteresting job, poor leadership, or absent teamwork are common culprits.

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We need flexibility, the employee needs to have a choice. We are all at different stages, some need to be an office environment because they need structure and social interaction, mainly young employees just starting out. For employees who can be productive on their own, or employees with children, aging parents, sick family members, etc, WFH is ideal. Working in an office causes problems that we haven't discussed, like sexual harrassment, biased behaviors, gossip, jealousy, in general work place negative behavior, wfh almost completely eliminates the toxic environment.

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I hadn’t factored in these elements. Although some of the politics established before the pandemic persist even while WFH

When did we leave?

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Lol.. you are too quick!

Ecstatic.

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I can't wait to get back. Kids driving me crazy, and I miss the free coffee!

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Kids will grow up in 2 years and I believe we can buy a coffee machine at home. What do you think about that?

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We just had a Junior CW start on Monday. We took him out to lunch this past Monday and got him setup to WFH but... what a strange time to start a new job! How can we make him feel welcome remotely?

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I have one of the pre existing conditions that puts people at risk for worse outcomes, but our Partners want to start sending the analysts back to the office to “test the waters”. I tried googling and looks like I’ll be in a grey area, but does anyone have advice here? I think they have to provide me with reasonable accommodation, but I really don’t think a mask over a 12+ hr work day helps. I just want to stay wfh :/.

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For those of you who have cut out drinking, what are your go-to’s when you want to drink but want to abstain? After 2 years of the pandemic/WFH, alcohol seemed to be so routine most days whether with dinner or now out with friends and I know it’s not doing favors for my health/weight so I’m trying to see how long I can go without. Currently at day 5 with the plans to hit at least 3 full weeks and see how I feel

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Work from home once a week should be standard. Just one day in my pajamas to think and write and get away from all the people and immerse myself in bonding with my dog.

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Anyone been taking advantage of WFH to sell off unneeded household items? My wife had me assemble an old glass desk I've considered throwing away many times so she could post it and she sold it within 15 minutes for 4x what I suggested it was worth and it was picked up within an hour. Outgrown children's clothes as well, often for close to what she paid for them.

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Wfh/corona has changed my priorities and outlook. Thinking of moving. Who lives/has lived in Vermont? Did you like it? Was it peaceful? Will I be happy if I move there????

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Has anyone had to (or considered) leaving consulting because of their health? With WFH I am just being USED; I’m up at 3am to work before the kids are awake and working late into the night. I spend about 40 mins of quality time with my kids, aged 1 & 2. It’s starting to impact my health, I’m having chest pains and heart palpitations and my anxiety is through the roof. I usually love my job, and feel respected and valued. But I don’t know if I can take it anymore.

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What are your work from home staples that look professional but feel like wearing pajamas?

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What is a good bag/watch for 2nd year associates? Started remote and don’t want to look too cheap now that we’re going back in

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