At least that’s something that I have learned in the last 4 months since leaving corporate life. No, I don’t miss the cube farms, the burnt popcorn smell emanating from the break room, or the overly boisterous cube neighbor.
The most important thing I’ve figured out is that no matter where you work, you do need people. It’s not so much to even talk to. It’s the social aspect of having others around you, that you interact in some way – even if it’s just to order coffee and sit down again.
Without some kind of social interaction, you tend to get caught up in the minutia that can distract you from your work. Just being around people helps you focus and forces you to come up for air from time to time. The ambient noise is somehow comforting, allowing your thoughts to remain on your task rather than wondering and daydreaming.
That’s what I think anyway. What are your thoughts?