What SV Professionals Miss About The In Person Office

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What SV Professionals Miss About The In Person Office

Up until last year, a large part of the human experience involved leaving one’s home, encountering a specific bunch of people, trying to get along with them, doing some work, bidding them goodbye, and going home again. Because of COVID-19, a large part of America’s workforce has spent most of 2020 working from home.

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On Blind, the largest anonymous professional community with 4M users from big tech, unicorns, and startups, a Microsoft employee asked, “If you’re tired of WFH, why do you want to be back to an in person office?” 

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Here Are The Things Professionals Miss The Most About The In Person Office

  1. Social aspects- missing friends (34%)
  2. The food (19%)
  3. Career Growth (18%)
  4. Mentorship opportunities (13%)
  5. Spouse/ partners getting on nerves (9%)
  6. Dating prospects (7%)

More Key Learnings:

  • 26% of Twitter professionals miss the food
  • 46% of Cisco professionals miss the social aspects
  • 29% of Visa professionals miss the career growth
  • ¼ of Snap professionals miss mentorship opportunities
  • 17% of Oracle professionals’ spouses are getting on their nerves
  • 15% of Lyft professionals miss the dating prospects

In Person Office

An Intuit professional shared, “I miss my office because -

  1. I miss my team
  2. Whiteboard design sessions
  3. Happy hours
  4. Mentor/mentee side of things
  5. Optimism & excitement.

Feels like we are in a dark tunnel. On the plus side, I am enjoying great time with my family & especially kids. I am getting to know & appreciate them more”

An engineer at Google shared “I hate WFH because I don't like to do work at home. I miss being able to go to the office, put in a day's work, and then leave. Separation of domains.”

The office might look different when we all go back to work, but one thing is certain: It isn’t going away.

Yes, coming together in an office setting may be more infrequent, but when we need to meet in order to address important situations or simply get the kind of creative input that comes from team dynamics, the office will be there.

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of ValueWalk.com, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at)www.valuewalk.com - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver
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