Will I ever like remote work again after this?

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I've started a new job during this whole thing, as have many people at my company, so we've all talked about it a lot. Everyone has a different ideal balance, but everyone has said they'd like to see one another in person *sometimes*. Some who live locally would like to be in the office once or twice or three times a week; some who live farther from HQ would be happy to come in once a month, or once a quarter; but everybody I've spoken with wants to see people at least once in a while. No one has said they want to come back in to the office full time. I'd be one of the once a week people, ideally. My job doesn't require a ton of collaboration, but it would be nice to connect more with the teams I work with.
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We all just want choice, so this setup sounds ideal. It's a bit harder when there's no HQ; our team is all in different places. But I can definitely see this dynamic working if we ever have a critical mass in one place.
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I'm not remote during normal times, however, everyone else on my team is in different offices in different cities/countries (and time zones). So even when I'm in the office, I'm doing meetings over Zoom, collaborating over shared documents, etc. And ... I don't love it. I feel very disconnected from my team, although we are still able to accomplish a lot. But I'd much rather be in person with the people I work with day-to-day. We don't have to be in the office every single day, but I'd at least like to be in person 25-50% of the time. However, I think we're still adjusting to remote work. It's only been a year, so we're still learning how to do it "right." I think it's awesome that we've been able to show that it's a valid option because I think there are a lot of folks who thrive in a remote setting or need that option in order to have a career at all, whether it's due to physical limitations, family obligations, mental health issues, etc.
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I share the same feelings about the inclusivity of remote work. The opportunity to make work work for people in meaningful and fulfilling ways is why I am bought in. But also feel you on the connectedness, and needing to honor that even in light of what can be accomplished. It's a balancing act, and I am hopeful that we'll get better at it.Thanks for this thoughtful input!