I work with people who display the worst tendencies of the cow-workers from Dilbert land. But, at least they make up for their total lack of skill by being unwilling to learn "new" technologies like MVC, EF, etc, etc.
I miss our office Barista and going with colleagues for a cuppa . It starts as a bit of a talk about non-work stuff and then somebody slips in some work into break time and afterwards there is a bit more consensus ...
Then there is the free lunches... Excellent food, cooked healthily. I eat MUCH better when at work. I don't go with my direct colleagues to lunch though. Work is not allowed to invade too much of my break time.
I used to walk to the railway station, catch a train, walk to the office, then do it all in reverse at the end of the day. This:
1) gave my brain an enforced rest from work and home life
2) gave me an hour of exercise a day
3) gave me time to listen to lots of podcasts
4) exposed me to a bit of randomness and variety
5) cost me a small fortune.
Under normal conditions, I walk 3.5 km (2.2 miles), mostly uphill, to the office every morning, at a brisk speed so that I really need a shower before entering the office. That is a great way to wake up, especially when the winter storms rip the cap off my head or the fall showers make me soaking wet from the outside (in addition to the sweating from inside) .
Ater works, just let myself drop down the hill the same 3.5 km, entering my home refreshed and agile (at least compared to what I felt when raising from my office desk).
The half hour of walking every morning and after work, give my brain an hour a day to itself to digest thoughts and make up new ones. I do not put plastic devices into my ears; I prefer not to be disturbed by neither music, podcasts nor news. The external impulses I get while walking are the singing of the birds, the blowing wind, the sounds made by people I pass... And, unfortunately, a fair amount of traffic noise on half of the walking distance. But I can live with that.
The last few weeks have made me lazy, heavy, I have put on weight, and I loose my breath much faster. If I had enough self discipline, I would of course have been walking 7 km a day even if I didn't have to do it to get to work. That's an extremely hypothetical situation. I really could use a dog - but then again, I have owned dogs, and know that they would suffer the day I go back to the office. So I am not going to get one, just to drag me out of my chair to walk it.
I guess office will open again, and then I will have my daily walks. But I am not expecting to be able to do the 3.5 km uphill in 30 minutes the first week I am back
I have had by own IT business & worked from home for almost 30 years now, and love it. I miss the traffic on a morning and night, i miss pathetic office politics, i miss having to get suited and booted every day, i miss lack of freedom to allocate my time my way, I miss fixing legacy code problems from written by half wits, I miss repeating myself to juniors who think they know better, in fact i miss a lot, and it's all good - when you wage slaves finally go back, enjoy !!!
Now, now, Don't wake the wage slaves up. They think it's special when they don't get their "Break" interrupted by "Work".
I love the expression "Suited and Booted".
I've been working remote for various clients in software for 10 plus years. ( it all happened after working at a company that had tables for desks, crap desktop computers, everybody in the same room including tech support and sales. After yet another week of putting in 12 hour days we got free Pizza,
that's it. but I'm over it now....... Kind of,,,,,,, Mostly.....,,,,,,, )
Now I have a "GREAT" team. We are all a big family although most of us have never met.
I LOVE my office setup with custom desk, lights, 5 computers "not including the Raspberry Pi's", and 4 monitors. I put in 8 to 9 hours a day and that is pretty much it.
If I had to say I missed anything it would be the white board discussions, but we now use Balsamic's and they are actually better because you have to organize your thoughts and the end results can be coded directly.... For the most part.
I run my own home based business, so I have worked from home for 26+ years now. I enjoy it and don't miss anything about going into an office. I have a fairly large desk, a comfy office chair and a separate room designated as my office. What is difficult is the fact that everything I deal with is now shut down, so I am effectively unemployed. I'm spending my time working on future projects, and there are many of those, so I should be kept busy for quite some time yet. It is actually giving me time to work uninterrupted, so I am a bit more productive than usual, just not making any money from any of it right now, and what is lost can never be recoverable
Agreed - but the essential part is the face. A good video conferencing system is a million times better than a phone conference or a multi-participant text/image based online discussion.
I worked on a distributed project where we never met physically for a kick-off meeting, but had two meetings a week where we "met around the table": acutally, it appeared as if our table extended into the screen, continuing in the table at the other side; we both had large screens. One essential thing: After each project meeting, we had a social off-work chat, telling about our private activities, talking about the weather and whatever. So when we first met physically, half a year into the project, it was as old friends knowing each others' manners and laughter and hangups
In the old days of mediocre telecom facilities, having a physical kick-off meeting was far more essential. But even in those days: My first distributed project based on video conferencing was in 1985. We started out with 5-part phone conferencing; that didn't work out at all. One of the participants was the Norwegian public phone company, offering video conferencing from their downtown facilities many years before it was generally available to business. Going from sound only to video was like coming out in the sunlight!
So, while not quite the same as physical face-to-face, video conferencing at its best comes so close that it certainly is worth the installation of a fiber connection