Today, for the first time since March 2020 (18 months ago!), I went to the office. It’s a new office, open since yesterday as our support services moved to a new location over the summer. We now inhabit two floors in a high rise building with some great views over the city.
I was there for about 4 hours today and it was still pretty quiet. Not everything’s unpacked or hooked up yet but it did all look great and the location even shaves about 10 minutes off my commute time, which is cool. Work will be in hybrid form from now on: working from home a lot of the time with occasional travel to the office. As long as I don’t have to travel during rush hour (especially morning rush hour) I’m good with that.
It was weird talking to colleagues in person again, and I’ve got to say that I still need to get used to that, but it wasn’t so bad being there today. Once people get the hang of it and all start coming in, it will be quite overwhelming and probably too noisy (a LOT of open plan work spaces). So, no more than a few hours a week at the office for me, I hope. I think I still prefer working from my ‘home office’ for most of the time.