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TEN GREAT REASONS TO GET BACK TO THE OFFICE

  1. Practical Jokes. If we don’t get back soon, we’ll lose the fine art of rearranging the keys on a colleague’s keyboards, supergluing coffee cups to desks and attaching airhorns to office chairs.
  2. Gossip. Seriously, it’s not just the same at home. My wife was recently telling me about some creepy old guy she works with when it occurred to her that she was talking about me.
  3. Dress Down Fridays. Who could ever forget the GM wearing jeans with front and back creases?
  4. After Work Drinks at the Pub. Now it’s after breakfast at home.
  5. The New Hairdo. Women would gather around and compliments would fly. The last time my wife changed her hairstyle she had to ask me if I noticed anything different. Reminder to self: Next time don’t answer, “Have you put on weight”?
  6. The Food Hall. Will it be Thai, Italian, Chinese, Malaysian, Mexican or Vietnamese for lunch? These days it’s cheese and Vegemite sandwiches or, if the bread runs out, cereal.
  7. Friendships and Flirtations. From who-likes-who to who’s-done-who, office buddies and romances don’t stand a chance without an office.
  8. Meetings. Sure, most of them left you feeling you like you’d had a lobotomy, but they were still more fun than Teams or Zoom.
  9. The Work-Experience Kid. Normally treated like personal slaves unless, of course, they were related to a client. Then they treated you like a personal slave.
  10. The 5pm Sprint to the Lifts. As I recall, elbowing, kicking, and eye-gouging were permissible. Spitting and biting were not.

David Westgate is a Mental Health Ambassador for Assure Programs, Speaker for the Black Dog Institute, and bipolar 1.

#assure #getbacktowork

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