On LinkedIn today someone posted a quick poll like the one embedded in this post. The premises of the poll sparked a lot of interesting conversations and I thought it would be nice to recreate it because it speaks to the the cultural shift we are seeing regarding our work life.
The gentleman posting asked people to vote by using different reactions buttons. In a very short time the original poll received 5,500+ reactions almost 200 comments, and counting. Some of the comments surprised me and many people had very strong feelings on the topic.
One person answered, I miss my commute…the time in the car is me time. What??? Miss a commute, that is the worst part of my day. Getting up at the crack of dawn when I am a NOT a morning person. I don’t agree but to that person, you do you.
Some other people want to go back to the office because they miss the social interaction, their is a different kind of collaboration that happens when you bounce ideas off someone in real time. Also, many commented that when you work from home it feels like you are never away from work. I can see that, it is just so easy to get sucked into email or other tasks while you were trying to relax in the evening. The act of going to and from work provides clear boundaries for some people.
Many people wanted to continue working from home and enjoy the work life balance it offers. With less time spent commuting they can spend more time with family, enjoy hobbies, exercise more. Or heck, just not pay the expenses of commuting. That is me; with gas, parking, wear and tear on the car, and tolls it sure is nice to stay home and keep that money for other stuff.
Then you have people who would like a mix of working from home and going to work. Since I teach in the corporate world I think in reality this is what I would vote for. I love being in class with my students and helping them learn something that will make their work life better or easier. But I would love to do my video recording, voice overs, and lesson planning at home. I have everything I need at home for those tasks so why not.
What would you like and why? Feel free to take the poll below and/or add comments to this page.
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