I’m Not Sure That I Want to Go Back to the Office
I don’t know about anyone else, but working from home is a new phenomenon. Before the pandemic, the only times that I was not in the office were either during a snowstorm or when I had to be home to let a cable technician in. When it became obvious in March of 2020 that Covid — 19 was more than your average cold, it was understood that those who could, would be working from their respective homes.
More than two years later, the virus has (hopefully) been tamed. Many companies have reopened for in-person full-time work or allow for some sort of hybrid schedule. Though my employer does allow us to go to the office if needed, I don’t want to. I am happy to do my job remotely.
There are, of course, upsides and downsides to both.
Working in the Office
Upside: The social interaction and the water cooler chatter.
Downside: The commute, spending more effort on choosing clothes for the day, and the necessity of bringing (or buying) lunch.
Working at Home
Upside: Having a flexible schedule, wearing comfortable clothing, and getting an extra hour (or two) of sleep in the morning.
Downside: Missing out on a non-work-related conversation that might occur in passing or in the kitchen.
The truth is that I have become comfortable doing my job from my living room. I love that I can just throw on jeans and a concert T-shirt, and not worry about putting on makeup or making sure that my hair is just right. I appreciate the fact that I can alter my hours as needed. Though I do miss the random chit-chat that I would normally have with my colleagues, I relish the freedom that comes with my current location.
If and/or when the decision is made that I need to do my job in person or create a hybrid schedule, I will do what is necessary. But until then, I am happy to remain where I am now.