I had a great day meeting with my favorite people at work today. Our office is not fully opened to staff, only 25% allowed to go to office, but with the decline of cases, we are encouraged to go more. Unfortunately most of the staff prefer to stay at home, some due to convenience (to avoid long commute), others are just lazy (let’s be honest). It took me a lot of convincing to schedule a team meeting in office as I think it makes a huge difference to communicate in person from time to time, to strengthen team spirit, trust, and to allow for innovation and spontaneous brain storming sessions. For me, it’s 5 min walk, for them it’s 1-2 hrs one way so I understand it needs a period of transition. I hope to do this regularly with them. It takes seeing them to realize how much I miss them.
I also had a lunch meeting with a client. We chatted for 3 hrs!!! I am grateful to have met great counterparts during my stay, those that will stay as friend even if I move to another country. She also gave me some Christmas gifts, which was unexpected. i felt under prepared. 😉
What surprised me is how much it takes me to prepare to leave the house in the morning. Finding the right outfit, some makeup, getting all what I need to bring to office, took me 45 min, 30 min before the pandemic! 😆
It was quite tiring meeting in person for hours. When I finished, I didn’t want to talk for the rest of the day. hehhe.
I really missed my family. When I saw them 5pm, it felt I went to a long trip, and the girls felt the same.
Overall, it was a much needed social day with non-family. 🙂