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Ben Halpern
Ben Halpern

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When things are back to normal, will you be working from home or in an office?

In a year from now if the world has returned to "normal", do you see yourself working from home or an office, and do you have any say in the matter?

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Bobby Iliev

I quite enjoy working from home, I'm more productive and I don't waste time on daily commuting and I get to spent more time with my family.

Being able to go to an office once in a while is nice because of all of the social interactions but in the long run I prefer working from home.

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Aakriti

Same.

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Gage

This embodies my feelings perfectly πŸ€—

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Mark Nicol

This so sums up how I feel.

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Mike

I'm really missing the interactions that happen in an office but I don't feel like jumping the gun on returning to an office - the risk just isn't worth it. I foresee remote for at least the next year :(

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Suzanne Aitchison

I've been lucky to always have had a day or two from home a week in my dev jobs, but post-pandemic I'm looking to have a minimum three days from home per week.

I've come to really value some aspects of working from home - some time for mindful yoga on my lunch break, and just generally being free to really enjoy my home.

Plus more time with dog so I mean how could I tell her I'm going back 5 days a week πŸ˜‚

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Gagan

Dog thinking mabye after 10 sec I leave home -- He has been gone for a long time and what if he never came back😍❀

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Dennis O'Keeffe

The hardest part of isolation for me has been not spending time with others and struggling to find a boundary to switch on/off from work since the bedroom has also become the office.

Our company always supported remote work so I had a nice balance of home-to-office days, but going zero contact hours has been surprisingly tough. Video calling is no replacement for time with work friends either.

It may be different story once the lifestyle goes back to normal outside of work, but for now it is pretty grim to reflect on!

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Glenn

If you have issues with the on/off part, It's good practice to set up a space dedicated to work only. If you have a laptop that means moving out of spaces you relax in. If you don't have the option of an extra work room, move to a quiet cafe to get your work done.

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Frank Font

Dennis, I've had the option to work from home for decades and found that I prefer to exercise the option to hang out with friends while getting the work done. I tried to share that perspective before Covid19 in this ... medium.com/@frankfont123/the-perfe...

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Rafael de Azevedo

The company I currently work for have actually decided to shut down the office and operate strictly as a distributed team. We are a small bunch, and adapted to the remote dynamic so well that no one sees the sense in having a work setting to go back and forth to anymore.

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Katherine M. Moss

I seemed to manage to keep my office position throughout. I think that these sorts of things will be determined unfortunately on how each company and other environment heeds the media and whether or not they do. I, for myself, have stopped.

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Omar White

I think eventually I will transition back to the office, but I think my company will stay flexible and remote friendly post COVID. I’m not sure if the transition back to the office will actually happen next year though, I anticipate it could be longer, depending on when a vaccine or effective treatment is readily available.

In my ideal world I would take a hybrid approach work from home or the office depending on the day. But before remote work could be truly ideal for me I need to move into a different apartment. I don’t have enough space here to setup an office that isn’t just the corner of my bedroom.

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Itachi Uchiha

We’re working from the office. 1,500 people get infected by covid-19 daily. I can die. That doesn’t matter to me. But I’m afraid because of my dad and mom.

Btw, I think my boss didn’t trust us. During the COVID-19, I completed 10 projects by myself.

Idk, why his thoughts like that.

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Bernard Baker

That's terrible and horrible and not very safe.

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Itachi Uchiha

Exactly. But they don't want to believe this COVID really dangerous.

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Bernard Baker

Wow! I find it hard to believe.

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Paulo Lopez

Sorry about that. Hopefully your boss will transition to have you guys work from home and maybe be at work 1-3 days/week.

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Michel Renaud

I'm hoping they'll let me work from home (despite living literally across the street from work). I find there are fewer distractions compared to an open-plan floor (you can see everyone moving about, hear them chatting or on the phone, etc.) I find I'm more relaxed when at home and get more done during the day. Hell, if they give us the option of permanent teleworking and that we don't have to live in the area, I might even consider moving to a place with a lower cost of living because CoL is becoming insane around here.

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Kevin Pennekamp

Oh man, I hope that I can work a big chunk from home. I really like it. I am also able to spend way more time with my newborn baby (during work) and my commuting time is reduced. One or two days at the office is nice, but I hope I can start working from home for atleast three days a week.

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Francisco Quintero πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄

Our boss just told us two weeks ago the company is going full remote from now on. The office will be open for those who want to go there but no obligation.

I like the mix. Being able to work from home whenever I can and also be possible to go to the office to enjoy the views, go out a while, or meet pals.

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Zachary Fowler

I want to have a say in the manner. Working from home this much has taught me how much I enjoy being with my family. I love it when my daughter comes down and asks to watch " one baby shark, daddy please" I laugh, and with 3 monitors, she sits on my lap and I put on baby shark and move my work to the other monitors.

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Drew Bragg

I had been working really hard to get my company to let me work from home before the pandemic. Wasn't easy as they are by no means a remote friendly organization but the digital department is small and my boss was way more progressive than other managers so we were figuring it out. I was up to 3 or 4 days WFH and only really coming in for larger meetings or at the beginning of a project where there was a lot of collaboration. I was, and am, much more productive when I WFH and my boss knew it so it wasn't a problem for him, just those above him. Now that we are all working from home the digital department is having the least amount of issues and is the most productive. We were on slack before the pandemic, used basecamp religiously, and kept our face to face meetings to a minimum well before we had to. The rest of the company is struggling to adapt but it's just business as usual for us. The company has noticed and is starting to implement some of the tools and strategies we use. (We're no longer are the weirdos of the company!)

The company recently started talking about reopening and returning to the office. Luckily its going to 100% optional for at least another year so it looks like I'll be WFH for at least another year. Hopefully by the time that year is up they wont care where any of us work as long as we produce high quality work on time.

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Daniel Cender

I'm in a very similar position. I work at a construction company, so my team is one of the few that can operate entirely remotely. I certainly hope we can stay remote as long as possible.

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Matthew Daly

I've enjoyed working from home for the most part, and would like to continue doing so.

Also, a few years back I made a doomed attempt to move back to the area where I grew up, and if I could work from home permanently I could do that without the grief of having to change jobs - I could just find a flat there and move in, continuing working the whole time.

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Eka • Edited on

I work for a fully distributed org. When it's safe to do so, I'll still prefer working from my coworking space & the occasional coffee shops, because doing different activities in different places gives me better structure and discipline, while still getting the flexibility benefits of remote work (stuck & sleepy in the afternoon? go for a swim/a walk or have a quick coffee with friend who's available or see a random free art event etc).

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