So, I've been working on this company as a software developer for almost 2 years now and lately, we've been changed to a home office regime, which was great at first but now I'm starting to miss chatting with my coworkers, getting my head away from coding for a while and stuff like that. As a result, I'm feeling kinda lonely. Is there anything I can do to feel less lonely when working from home?
The company I work for has some remote parts and I heard about a few things in a presentation by a full remote software engineer. Here are some things you can do:
- Maintain contact with your friends, maybe meet them some time for lunch. Hobbies are a nice way to expand your circle of friends.
- Work outside more often, in cafes for example. If you're a regular in some cafes, the baristas may also get to know you and chat with you.
- Work in co-working spaces.
- Establish a video chatting room for your co-workers and yourself, where anyone can drop in to have a chat.
- Establish 1on1s to keep up with co-workers. There are slack bots for that. They match you with a colleague each week. Have a 10-30 min remote coffee chat.
- If there are still people at the companies site you could ask for a tablet with a video chat room at the coffee machine, so that the remote workers could join in.