What do you miss about working at SFO? Your colleagues? Your workspaces? The Green Beans coffee? Whatever it is, if you're a Commission employee at the Airport, SFO wants to hear about it.
Share your thoughts on what you miss about coming in to work at the Airport - or if you are working onsite what do you miss about having other employees come in to work. SFO Connect is collecting these responses and posting them on a special wall for all employees to see.
Submit responses to hazelle.fernandez@flysfo along with a selfie of you wearing a mask. Responses will go up on the wall and be used for QuestionAir content on SFO Connect!
What Do You Miss About SFO?
I miss the social connection with colleagues.
Cheryl Chan - Revenue Development Management
I miss regular collaboration and social interaction with my co-workers.
I miss meeting with people face to face.
I miss working in the office and the views.
I also miss the separation between work and home that has now blended into one.
Rick Thall ,Project Management
I miss being able to get Tartine’s morning buns without waiting in a line around the block (as is always the case with their Guerrero St. location)! I also miss the cappuccinos from Joe & the Juice. Jessica Morton ITT
I miss all the great challenges we used to have: roadway congestions, airfield congestions, long queues... We were working on technologies to solve those problems. But they were problems when we had a lot of travelers. Zihong Gorman , ITT
I miss greetings and smiles from colleagues across the Airport! I miss distinct laughs (Natalie and Carina). I miss sharing delicious apples donated by Eoin, nourishing snacks provided by Roni and last, but not least, I miss carpooling with Min where we share stories about our children. Kathy Mark, ITT
I miss being around my coworkers and socializing, without having to worry about physical distancing, wearing a mask, or sanitizing after every interaction. Although we do it now to protect not only ourselves and others in our community, I do miss seeing people’s smiles and being able to interact with them normally. Carolyn Jayin,Commission Secretary’s Office
I miss seeing co-workers and the ability to communicate with them in person. It sometimes feels cold and impersonal when we can only communicate through email and Microsoft Teams. I miss in-person Plane Talk (Toastmasters) and Team SFO meetings. I miss catching up with colleagues – both professionally and personally. Hearing how their weekends went and how they and their families are doing. It’s those one-on-one personal moments that make a work team a family. Dyanna Quizon, Government Affairs
I definitely miss seeing everyone but I also miss going onsite/field work, the laughter and snacks shared at the NetOps high table, and Friday team lunches!! Vivian Fong, ITT
I miss walking through the terminals. Alejandro Pimentel, Project Management)
I miss walking through the terminals, helping passengers find their way, the loud rumble of the Boeing 777 GE90 engines starting up, and the sights of the many planes taking flight. Eric Jung, ITT
I miss seeing peoples’ faces and the greetings made by colleagues, passengers and others as you walk throughout the terminals. I also miss the hustle and bustle of Airport operations and activities. I miss walking through our non-terminals buildings and visiting friends. I miss attending after work fitness classes no longer in session due to the Pandemic. I miss seeing our Airline, Retail and Concession tenants that are no longer here or curtailed in their operations in one way or another. I miss seeing and working with my team in the office all together. Viviana Soper, Aviation Management
I miss the time I spent with my co-workers at work. We always helped each other, solved the problem about work together, and shared the knowledge we learned from our past experiences. We always encouraged each other when facing a hard time. I really miss that but I still enjoy the telecommuting opportunity. Jaruvan Li, Accounting
The most I am missing from work is my work desk in the office as I normally adjust the height of my work desk, so I could stand up for few hours at the office. However, I don’t have the proper and delicate work desk at home. Cathy Pan, Accounting
As Property Manager, I walk around the terminals several times in a given day and so I miss the chance to “run into” someone, whether a colleague from a different department, a friend, or a connection I made at a meeting or at office party. I am most grateful for the technology that makes it possible to “attend” meetings on video, but I do miss the in person gatherings. Social isolation is a difficult challenge but it is a healthy practice to keep our distance not only to help flatten the curve but also to show love and concern for the welfare of others. Iman Arghandiwal, Aviation Management
I miss having lunch with my co-workers. Emily Chau, Project Management
What I miss most about working in the office is being able to see people around me working, which is a good motivation. Also, I miss having a proper workspace.
Erico Chan - Accounting
I miss seeing my colleagues and the face to face interactions. We have a really good group of people here at the Airport. SFO Management and IT has done their absolute best to make the best of this transition to keep employees and their families safe. Gary Hong - Accounting
What I miss from work the most is my co-workers and the time we warm our lunch in the lunchroom. We chatted about food and family. That was my favorite time of the day.
Kelly Chen - Accounting
I miss the live meetings and the face to face interactions.
Louisa Chong - Accounting
I miss talking to my colleagues.
Jenny Cheung - Accounting
I miss the readily available chat sessions between my neighbors at work. They usually make it very fun. But so far telecommuting has been great.
Chester Cho - Accounting
What I miss most about work is the physical interaction with colleagues. I’ve developed strong bonds with my coworkers on both a professional and personal level. They’ve become my friends and I miss being able to easily walk over and talk to them. Sometimes the smallest conversations have helped get me through even the most stressful of days.
Cheryl Santos - Accounting
I miss the interactions with colleagues and the readily available resources at work. At home, while colleagues are at a MS teams’ reach, not everyone is comfortable with video for a quick facial smile exchange or is available for an immediate response. In this pandemic situation, it’s understandable though. Working from home also comes with some challenges. Tasks can be done at home with the limited resources, I just need to think outside the box. For example, integrating my TV as a second monitor to see spreadsheets, and instead of scanning, utilizing the ‘print pdf’ option to screen print.
Shirley Hao - Accounting
What I miss from work is that I can’t get printout of work processed right after the journal entries are completed. Elaine Quan (Accounting)
I miss the face-to-face interaction with my co-workers. Sally Qian (Accounting)
What I miss the most is the in-person interaction. By working from home, I am not able to physically interact with my fellow co-workers for events like baby showers and other parties – the little sit down breakfasts or lunches that were so fulfilling. Yingying Wang (Accounting)
I miss interacting with my coworkers. I miss chatting with my coworkers during lunch time and break time. These times are very precious and heals my stress as well. Emi Aoki (Accounting)
I miss the happy hours when all employees get together for events. Anny Lee (Accounting)
I miss the following from work (1) Convenience – Since there are still lots paperwork that needs wet signaturel, it is inconvenient and inefficient to arrange time to meet in person, get wet signature, backend scan document, filing in both physical and digital folders. Especially now, there is limitation to 20% capacity. (2) Coordination with co-worker in person. The above are just my personal opinion. Mabel Yu (Accounting)
Having an office I like going to 😊 Dia Wynn (Airfield Operations)
Seeing my coworker’s smiles. Shannon Wilson (Airfield Operations)
I miss being able to interact with all of the incredible people in the terminal and spread love throughout the airport. Nicole Tate (Airfield Operations)
My co-workers and watching the planes so close. Claudia Luquin (Project Management)
I miss construction site visits to see the integration of sustainability features being built and operated. Anthony Bernheim (Project Management)
I miss seeing all the wonderful people we work with – working from home is ok but not the same. Nat King (Project Management)
I miss all of the simple words of greeting: “Hi”, “good morning”, “have a great weekend… Youcef Bouhamama (Project Management)
“I miss the opportunity of running into people and catching-up on the little wonders of their lives.” Luis Moreno (PD&C)
I miss not being able to have “personal interaction with different folks.”
On the other hand, I enjoy working from home as it saves me two+ hours of commute time that I can put towards work. I hope that SFO comes up with a flexible working arrangement that allow folks to work from home 2-3 days a week. Sanjay Mehta (ITT)
I hope all are well. I miss the noise! Working at my little workstation in a corner of the dining room is so quiet. I miss the social aspect for sure, like our Friday meetings and birthday parties. Kelly McCray (ITT)
I miss bringing in Zuc’s BBQ for lunch, birthday month cake & ice cream socials and holiday breakfast bar celebrations, and meetings where people draw out network designs on the wall. Veronica (Roni) Oldenburg (ITT)
I miss not sharing the things I enjoy, such as delicious apples.... Eoin Mannering (ITT)
I miss seeing the people I've worked with for many years. They are a family to me, and I miss seeing them on a regular basis. Dan Ravina (Aviation Management)
I miss the face-to-face interaction in the office (not able to see their smiles), the tenants and everyone else in the Airport. Diana Chow (Aviation Management)
I miss smiling and being able to see a smile back when I walk in the Terminals; and my work-around is that I smile and do a slight bow of appreciation. Javad Hadizadeh (Aviation Management)
I miss the in person interactions with our colleagues, and our tenants. Teresa Rivor (Aviation Management)
The spontaneous conversations with my colleagues. I miss those chance encounters in the lobby, kitchen, hallways, elevators, or terminals because they are opportunities to get to know my co-workers better on a personal or professional level. Even if the conversation is quick it usually involves a laugh or smile, an opportunity to connect at a personal level. Corina Monzon (Commission Secretary)
I miss seeing people around the offices, miss seeing people walking the hallways/terminals, and miss interacting/talking amongst our colleagues. Even though the Airport is now seeing more and more people, we are, of course, more cautious and/or afraid and are continuing to wear our masks, wash our hands, use hand sanitizer, etc. to protect ourselves as well as others. We will all get through this weird, strange, and difficult time. Hang in there everyone. Renee Young (Airport Legal)