In a few weeks, everyone who works at KTOO will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (!!!), so we're talking now about going back to the office. We patted ourselves on the back last year when we managed to keep producing news and programming from our janky laptops on our standing desks made from cardboard boxes on our kitchen tables (mine is perched on the radiator in front of my bedroom window). But that transition was abrupt to say the least -- and certainly not intentional or planned.
That's what makes planning to go back to the office so hard...and weird. We somehow got ourselves into this mess, so why should we expect to get out in one swift motion? I think we all need a slow transition back to make up for the way the door hit us on our way into the New Normal.
As a social and collaborative person, I've missed working in the physical presence of my coworkers (and their dogs). And I've missed the little rituals of the workplace. I miss printing something out and writing notes in the margins or signing something with a pen rather than copying and pasting and saving a document over and over.
I enjoyed this Wired article from last month -- "The Secret, Essential Geography of the Office." I agree with the author that it doesn't have to be all or none when it comes to working virtually or in person. There's an efficiency to our work when we can do things at our own pace in our own space (and in soft pants). But there's also something to be said for the brainstorms that form from our shared thoughts and ideas in a room.
Are you ready to go back to the office? Or have you given that life up entirely? What are you looking forward to? What are you dreading?
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor