In-Person Interaction & Collaboration with Co-Workers Cited as Key Voids for COVID-19’s Newly Remote Workers


Norwalk, CT. [May 4, 2020] The quick shift to remote work arrangements in response to COVID-19 has left many newly remote workers pining for office life.

OperationsInc (, one of the nation’s largest human resources consulting firms, surveyed over 400 remote workers throughout the country to find out what they miss about working from the office.

A whopping 79% of survey respondents cited that interaction with co-workers is what they miss most when working remotely.

“All the wonderful technology in the world cannot make up for the dynamic created when we are all in the same physical space together,” said OperationsInc CEO, David Lewis.

“While video conferencing bridges a significant gap in communication, many crave the in-person experience of an office setting to thrive professionally,” Lewis added.

Additional office life experiences remote workers miss include:

  • 68% – In-person collaboration with co-workers.
  • 44% – The act of getting up and walking to meetings, to visit co-workers, stop by the pantry, etc.
  • 33% – Better technology.
  • 17% – Eating out / lunch variety.
  • 16% – Activities done during a commute.
  • 4% – None of the above.
  • 2% – Preferred not to respond.

Survey data was collected online as part of OperationsInc’s free ongoing webinar series “COVID-19: Your HR Questions Answered”. Companies can register for this educational series by visiting


About OperationsInc

Founded by CEO David Lewis in 2001, OperationsInc specializes in HR solutions for businesses of all sizes and across all industries. OperationsInc has a portfolio of over 200 different HR related services, including Human Resources Outsourcing and Consulting, Managed Payroll Services, Payroll and HR Contingency and Continuity Planning, Reduction in Force Management and Administration, Interim and Emergency HR and Payroll Support, Outsourced Recruiting Services, HR Crisis Management Services, Online Training & Development Services, Employee Leave Management, Organizational Development Services, and Benefits Administration.

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