Missing Human Interaction at Work!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sal5011:  I’m in the same situation and I’m actually on antidepressants now for the anxiety and depression it caused me. I counter the lonliness by chatting with people on here and some other forums. I also adopted some guinea pigs who I play with when I get home. Knowing they’re waiting for me and happy to see me helps a lot.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I used to be in the same situation. I was required to be in a windowless office for 9 hours a day while my other office-mates got to work from home because they were more senior. I saw the mailman once a day and other than that, I saw no one. I spent lots of time on forums like this, and while it helped a bit, I got increasingly depressed. I stopped working out, starting eating out more because at least then I could interact with someone — even if it was just the waitstaff.

Ultimately, I ended up quitting because I just couldn’t handle it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sal5011:  While I’m not in a very similar situation, I can definitely relate. I recently transitioned from a very fast-paced Guest Services role at a popular Orlando theme park where I saw at least 15 (usually more) coworkers daily and many hundreds of guests to an office manager at a church where there are a maximum of eight other people in the office (usually fewer) and I can go an entire day without having more than five words spoken in my direction.

I agree with PP about a pet, I have a cat, and snuggling with her definitely brightens my day. A lot of people say it’s not great to unleash all your angst on your SO, so try to find a friend (one of your bridesmaids?) or family member you can vent to. Have a coffee date with them or just skype and each rant it out. I don’t know what your SO does, but scheduling time with him/her can help too, pick a special night to go out and enjoy each other’s company. That definitely lifts my spirits.

ETA: I know I’m gaining weight too from all I eat. I stop at the place across the street for coffee and a donut (or more) in the morning because they’re so nice and always talk to me and then I go out for lunch so that 1, I can get out of this chair for once and 2, I can actually talk to someone.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I worked in child care before I got pregnant (20 co-workers and about 150 kids). Now I don’t work, and I get SO lonely at home alone all day!

I would DIE without the gym! I have “gym friends”. And WeddingBee. I would go crazy without the ladies here and in my birth group!

Post # 8
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825 posts
Busy bee

@sal5011:  YES. I ended up gained 40 pounds over the course of two years. I had two dogs and a wonderful SO (at the time) at home, as well as a gym in my apartment complex. I literally didn’t have to go outside at all to work out and I still couldn’t get the motivation. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am in a similar situation.  I work from home mostly since my office is around 70 miles away.  Do you have the option to occassionally go into the office?  I go in about once a week, and it helps a lot.

Do you use Skype or any sort of instant messaging software?  I am always chatting with my co-workers via IM.  It may or may not be work related.  My team is all over the country so it is a way for us to get to know each other.  We are also on a VOIP phone system so each of us is a 4-number code away. 

I also recommend just getting out of the house.  It is so easy to not leave the house for a week. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have one more thing I wanted to add. I run a lab by myself and when I’m away from the computer doing repetitive tasks for hours at the bench I listen to books on tape. It keeps my mind occupied and it’s kinda like someone is talking to you. I find it interesting that everyone in this situation has gained weight. I myself have gained about 25 pounds in the last year and a half (since I got this job) and I’m struggling to find my exercise groove again as well. I have to say though, the meds have helped me alot and I have more energy now.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@sal5011:  Can we switch jobs? I’m stuck with people all day and I hate it. I’d love to left alone! It just depends on your personality type I think. If it doesn’t work for you, perhaps you can switch roles/companies?

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