From shared workspaces to chitchats, Long Island employees missed aspects of being in the office that ranged from the mundane to the esoteric.
David Rottkamp, of Bay Shore, a partner and not-for-profit practice leader at Grassi said: "I miss the collaborative element that exists during an in-person meeting, event or activity. Seeing my team, sharing knowledge with them and working side-by-side is essential in public accounting. I believe that work performance is enhanced through in-person interaction."
Tony Sebastian, consulting supervisor at Grassi, said, "I miss the day-to-day atmosphere of the office. There is an unavoidable ebb and flow of the office that promotes a great working environment; the natural 'work breaks' of colleagues passing by and conversing to the sounds of rhythmic typing. That atmosphere is unmistakable and impossible to recreate when working outside of the office."
Connor Hinton, an environmental planner at VHB Engineering, said: "I really miss the liveliness and overall atmosphere of our office. It is a fun place to work, which I feel fostered a great sense of community within the workplace."
Christiana Kastalek, environmental planner, at VHB Engineering, said, "I miss the ability to have conversations with coworkers in person. Face-to-face conversations are so valuable not only in regard to socializing but for an emerging professional in the field, those conversations serve as a tool in learning and advancing my career."
Austin Williams employees gathered during the lockdown to throw a drive-by baby shower for a co-worker.
Jeffrey Friedman, chief executive at CN Guidance & Counseling Services, says, "I miss seeing our staff and the people we serve at the office. The culture of our organization all centers around relationships. Seeing and talking with people virtual creates a void and a disconnect. There is nothing like interacting with someone face to face, in person. It makes us human. I miss that."
Pamela Moody, principal core manager at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, specializes in detecting and measuring the physical and chemical characteristics of a population of cells or particles. She said she looks forward to getting research at CSHL back to full capacity, so that she can work with more scientists to share powerful technology that can be a tool for their research.
Christina DeDora is an events and conferences manager at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She "manages the team that plans and executes culinary events at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. With over 1,100 employees and about 10,000 annual visitors to the lab, culinary events come in many shapes and sizes. She misses seeing all of these people and being able to serve them in person. She misses the sense of community across the campus that is such a strong part of the lab's culture and says that food is actually a huge part of that."
Kelly Moore, human resources manager, at Darby Dental Supply, said: "I miss the small talk in the hallway or kitchen, excitement when a new employee starts their journey with our company and the meetings and team building events that take place throughout the year. Although we connect daily through email, video and phone it's not the same as being face to face."