Let’s Not Forget Our Friend, The Office
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Let’s Not Forget Our Friend, The Office

For me, working from home was a nice perk but, it can come with its distractions. You’ve got the neighbor’s dog that just won’t stop barking at nothing, the clothes in the wash that now need to be put in the dryer, and let’s not forget about the fact that the whole house is now remote. If you live alone – more power to you. My workspace looks a lot different at home compared to my workspace in the office. Don’t get me wrong, being in the comfort of your own home is always nice especially when you get to keep those sweatpants on all day but let’s not forget about our dear friend, the office.

I was curious to know how my colleague’s felt about the return to the office and what they missed most. Director of Marketing, Peter Schaller, says he missed “the physical separation of work and home life. Sometimes that cup of coffee, the radio, and 15 minutes in the car is the perfect way to kick start the day. When I’m in the office now, I’m more deliberate about making the most of that time. When our team is working together in person, I like to prioritize group discussions, brainstorming, and problem solving for that time. When I work remotely, I find it easier to catch up on tasks and projects that require undisrupted focus and creativity.”

Our Business Development Coordinator, Marc Mendes, says that “his workstation was a regulation size ping pong table, a camping chair, and all of this was in the comfort of my glorious 1 car garage below my apartment. I think I would have had a more comfortable experience in the office that opened its self-up to amenities, and eclectic work options. While working from home offers convenience and work life balance, our office really allows me to feel most inspired.” Alyse Sarti, Business Development Manager, explains that she “missed having a comfortable, clean, and friendly place to go to that is devoid of the distractions of household life. Returning to the office has been invaluable to me and my increase in productivity is second to none. Having been hired at Infinity Group during the onset of COVID-19, the entire company was working remotely. Now being back in the space, the quality of in person (socially distanced) meetings has proven effective in providing a greater breadth and knowledge of our product, which in turn has fostered a much stronger team collaboration.” Hearing their responses is comforting knowing that Infinity Group has created an office space that is welcoming and allows us to do our best work.

So, what did I miss most about the office? I missed my morning routine. I missed listening to my favorite talk radio station on my drive in. I missed mingling with coworkers. I missed regrouping with the team to discuss goals and share ideas. It’s nice having the option to work from home but The Infinity Group office is like my home away from home. And to be honest I can’t think of a better workspace than this.

With plenty of natural light, soundproof conference rooms, window seats and an array of plants that bring a lively feel to the office I really do look forward to coming in. And that brings me to my next thought – what if we didn’t have these touches that make our workspace attractive and comfortable? I don’t think I would feel the same way about returning to the office. I have worked in an office with little to no natural light, minimal space to move around, and dull colors. I felt trapped, less focused and the day seemed to go by a lot slower. it made me realize the importance of workspace design. I feel lucky to work at a company that values employee happiness and wellness. It is a lot less difficult to return to a space that you enjoy being in – we have created that here at Infinity Group and I am confident we can do the same for anyone reading this. What do you miss most about the office?

Let’s Not Forget Our Friend, The Office