I've been in my current gig for 11 years. During the entirety of that 11 years, my department has communicated by messenger far more than face to face. So when we all suddenly shifted to WFH, communication never took a hit. We were still talking, just in a different environment. Collaboration has rarely been done face to face since its a pain in the ass to share data in meatspace when you can just send and receive files instantly via the same messenging service. I know what all my guys are working on at any given time. Right now, monthly status meeting updates are good enough and hearing them via a Wire meeting is no less informative than sitting in a conference room somewhere. If anything, productivity has gone up.
The only people I have found who have issues WFH are social butterflies. The kind of people who just have to flit around and talk your ear off for whatever validation they're missing in their lives. They're a distraction and I am glad they're no longer interrupting our flow. We have two channels labeled "Work" and "Bullshit". "Work" is reserved solely for work related information so it can be found easily by anyone. "Bullshit" is where we talk about shows, movies, games, books, music, whatever. It's very lively and I see more people participating in it than I did face to face pre-pandemic.
I prefer working from home because all I have to do is get up in the morning, get some tea, and grab my laptop on my way out to the front porch. I sit my ass in a rocker, put my feet up on the table, open my laptop, and get to work. I can reach down and rub my dog's ears if I feel like it. Sometimes I even throw the ball for her when she brings it to me. I'm comfortable, there's no traffic to deal with, no commute time, and work starts and stops when I see fit. When work is done, my home is still the same, quiet, serene place it always is. Mrs. Burrito knows not to bug me during work time and respects that there is a boundary there when I am "on the clock". The up side is that by doing WFH, I am not exposing Mrs. Burrito to any pathogens that would otherwise float around in meatspace back at the office. That's a huge bonus in my universe.
My guys are very, very happy to stay WFH forever if we can swing it and I am working diligently on making that a reality. Why be pigeonholed in some antiquated 1950s version of what a workplace is when you can adapt to a healthier and happier work environment? One that has a demonstrable uptick in employee satisfaction, production, and quality of life.
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