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If you're working from home, what do you miss most about the office?

Survey period: 18 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Maybe that's an oxymoron.

OptionVotes% 
Your coworkers. For better or worse30134.32
I miss nothing25228.73
An actual desk and actual office chair and actual work space17019.38
The understanding that you were "at work" and could actually get work done16018.24
The amusing and invigorating office gossip and jokes15417.56
The cafeteria or whatever local / office food provider at your work10511.97
Not having to Zoom to get work done758.55
I'm still at the office677.64
The relaxing morning and evening commute606.84
I'm not working from home (or not working)505.70
A reason to wear pants465.25
Other (please comment)414.68
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralI've been working from home for years Pin
Fred Kreppert18-May-20 7:25
MemberFred Kreppert18-May-20 7:25 
GeneralThe free coffee Pin
CHill6018-May-20 4:49
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M.Vo.18-May-20 20:08
MemberM.Vo.18-May-20 20:08 
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Jacquers18-May-20 21:07
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Member 798912218-May-20 22:05
MemberMember 798912218-May-20 22:05 
GeneralRe: The free coffee Pin
den2k8819-May-20 2:25
professionalden2k8819-May-20 2:25 
GeneralOther: face to face conversations Pin
acomputerdog18-May-20 4:16
professionalacomputerdog18-May-20 4:16 
GeneralRe: Other: face to face conversations Pin
Member 798912218-May-20 22:04
MemberMember 798912218-May-20 22:04 
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 Smile | :)

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 Smile | :)
GeneralNothing's Changed Pin
W Balboos, GHB18-May-20 1:30
mveW Balboos, GHB18-May-20 1:30 
GeneralI don't work at an office anymore Pin
Slacker00717-May-20 23:56
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GeneralRe: I don't work at an office anymore Pin
Toonser18-May-20 2:14
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GeneralRe: I don't work at an office anymore Pin
Slacker00718-May-20 2:31
professionalSlacker00718-May-20 2:31 
GeneralMy actual machine Pin
musefan17-May-20 23:26
Membermusefan17-May-20 23:26 
GeneralI'm dreading the return to the office Pin
den2k8817-May-20 21:24
professionalden2k8817-May-20 21:24 
GeneralRe: I'm dreading the return to the office Pin
BryanFazekas19-May-20 2:12
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GeneralRe: I'm dreading the return to the office Pin
den2k8819-May-20 2:22
professionalden2k8819-May-20 2:22 
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BryanFazekas19-May-20 2:29
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GeneralRe: I'm dreading the return to the office Pin
Dean Roddey19-May-20 16:06
MemberDean Roddey19-May-20 16:06 
GeneralRe: I'm dreading the return to the office Pin
den2k8819-May-20 21:20
professionalden2k8819-May-20 21:20 
GeneralThe Office Coffee Machine Pin
Amarnath S17-May-20 20:56
professionalAmarnath S17-May-20 20:56 
GeneralRe: The Office Coffee Machine Pin
Nemanja Trifunovic18-May-20 1:25
MemberNemanja Trifunovic18-May-20 1:25 
GeneralRe: The Office Coffee Machine Pin
den2k8818-May-20 2:12
professionalden2k8818-May-20 2:12 
GeneralRe: The Office Coffee Machine Pin
Member 798912218-May-20 22:25
MemberMember 798912218-May-20 22:25 
GeneralI miss the commute. Pin
OriginalGriff17-May-20 20:49
mveOriginalGriff17-May-20 20:49 
GeneralHuman to Human support time Pin
Eek Ten Bears17-May-20 20:40
MemberEek Ten Bears17-May-20 20:40 

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