Zoom meetings are all well and good, Zoom team cocktails on a Friday evening are even better, but they are no replacement for being in the office with your team. Coffee catch ups in the kitchen, debates about the latest Love Island drama at the water cooler, and let’s face it, it’s hard to recreate office banter virtually. Can you imagine how dull The Office would have been if Michael Scott, Dwight, Jim and Pam were all working from home?
Pre-Pandemic, we spent so much of our day with our colleagues it’s inevitable that often your colleagues become your friends. I’ve forged some amazing friendships with the people I’ve worked with over the years, and when I took a career break to raise my daughter and immersed myself in a new world of Baby Sensory classes and Park Playdates it struck me how much I valued some of the cherished colleagues I had worked with along the way. As I embark on setting up a freelance career in the middle of Covid 19 I realise that I will miss the badinage and bonding that comes from good old fashioned face to face office sharing.
With teams across the nation working from home, missing their work buddies, and feeling isolated, just like The Four Tops sang, it’s never been more important to reach out and tell your colleagues you’re there for them.
Say it with Songs have made it so easy to tell someone you care, in the coolest way. Pick a song that reminds you of Angela in Accounting, and they will send it to her on your behalf, she scans the back of it, and your song starts playing – and she can play it again and again, and will maybe feel a little less lonely knowing you care.
By Marie-Claire Traynor