I am excited to do another collab post with Shelly, and writing on her blog again! In light of this pandemic and working remotely, we felt that this would be a useful collab post to do. I’ve had experience both from working in an office and working from home. I will be talking about 4 things I enjoy about working in the office in this blog post. And Shelly will be talking about 4 things she enjoys about working from home over on my blog.
I want to take this opportunity to make it clear that I firmly believe that there are many benefits of working from home. This post just focuses on the office aspects of work that I enjoy, and Shelly will cover the opposite. Moreover, everyone is different. Some love working from home full time. Some prefer going in the office full time, whereas other people would like a mix of both office and home. We should therefore be open to the fact that different people would prefer different things when it comes to home/office work.
Spontaneous interactions with colleagues in the office
The thing I love about the face-to-face aspect of being in an office is the opportunity to have spontaneous conversations with other colleagues. I have found that when working in an office, you get the chance to know your colleagues on a more personal level. And find out the things they do and enjoy outside working hours. This can form a basis to have unplanned conversations about things completely unrelated to work when you bump into them. For example, when I did a summer internship in 2019, it was the cricket World Cup at that time, and I am a huge cricket fan. Therefore, I was able to engage in fun cricket conversations with even the partners of the firm.
After work/lunch socials
Although I wouldn’t call myself an extrovert, I do enjoy socials a lot. The firm I am currently in is a very social bunch. And I have been lucky to have had the chance to attend many virtual socials such as a virtual escape room, lunchtime games, and quizzes. There were also a couple of after-work drink socials that I thoroughly enjoyed (which happened when we were allowed!). One thing I have found is that if I know that there is a social event happening after work such as badminton, it gives me something to look forward to. This can give me extra motivation if I am having a busy or stressful day at work. Furthermore, I also feel that work socials help with having a work-life balance. This is one of the things that I value the most.
The commute to the office
You will probably think I am crazy for enjoying the commute. But do hear me out. There are two main reasons (among others) why I enjoy the commute. The first reason is that at the start of the day, the train journey helps put me in the right headspace for the working day, as it gives me a chance to clear my thoughts and think about ways to ensure a productive day at work.
Secondly, after a day at work (especially it has been a busy or stressful one!), the journey on the train gives me a clear separation between work life and home/leisure life. This certainly helps me with my well-being. However, I know that everyone’s commute is different so my experiences won’t be applicable to everyone. Most people would agree that a 15-minute walk to the office is a lot more pleasant than a 90-minute commute in rush hour where you struggle to get a seat on the train!
The routine and structure it gives to my day
Some people I have spoken to recently have said that at the moment, it sometimes feels that all the days have been morphed into one. Whilst this is something I haven’t felt strongly myself, I can see how it can feel that way. I personally have found it harder to maintain a routine and structure lately. One thing I miss most about going to the office is that it allows me to have a clear, well-defined separation between work and leisure. This helps massively with my routine and structure. I have actually had times where I haven’t switched off 100% from work at 10 pm, just because I can see my work laptop! When I work in the office, we are encouraged to leave our laptops in our office lockers for the evening. This sets clear boundaries are when it comes to finishing work for the day.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Want to know the 6 reasons why I absolutely love working from home? Head on over to Niraj’s blog and read it there! But before you go, here’s a question for you…
What are some things you like about working from the office? Do you prefer working from home?
If you are looking for ways to become more productive while working from home, here are some tips.