That loud phone talker. The performative breakroom banter. The awkward bathroom run-in with the big boss. For introverts being called back to offices this spring, there’s plenty to dread after two years of remote-work solitude.
Then there are those like Daniel Rivera, who can’t wait to go back.
Before the pandemic, the 43-year-old enterprise desktop support manager used to loathe the steady chitchat at his Phoenix office. He’d skip company parties and grab a midday bite on his own.
But after so long away from it all, he says he realizes how much he fed off the social buzz of the office. It kept him in the loop on pop culture and news without much effort. Virtually, it was much harder to socialize.
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