People Look Forward to Simple Pleasures After COVID-19

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek May 11, 2020
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​This is the seventh in a series of compilations of answers to #NextChat questions of the day about how people are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Where is the first place you will go when everything reopens and stay-at-home orders are lifted? That's the question posed on social media in a recent #NextChat by Mary Kaylor, SHRM-SCP, manager of public affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management. The answers were wide-ranging, but they typically were simple things—visiting family members, getting a haircut, attending a house of worship. The following is a compilation of responses from LinkedIn and Twitter:  

Visit Family 

Eat in a restaurant and spend quality time with my 91 yr. old Mom. 

Julie Johnson, benefits specialist at American National Bank in Omaha, Neb., on LinkedIn.  

Visit with each family member and give them a hug. 

Denise Stanilla, SHRM-CP, HR generalist at Dutch Valley Food Distributors in Lebanon, Pa., on LinkedIn.  


The beautiful beaches of my country, Puerto Rico!

Mayra Lopez, HR and safety health and environmental manager[BE1]  at Roche Operations in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on LinkedIn.

To the beach at 6am EST to walk and meditate. Still distancing.

Dianna Sporcic, SHRM-SCP, SHRM field services director in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., on LinkedIn. 

Any beach in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Belize, BVI, VI 

Eunice M. Alberson, HR director and D&I coordinator for the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, on LinkedIn.   

Getting Pampered 

Starbucks and haircut #nextchat #cabinfever #HRTech 

Baskaran Ambalavanan, founder and principal analyst at Hila Solutions in Irvine, Calif., on LinkedIn.  


Sonja Jordan, director of HR at T2 Utility Engineers in Pearland, Texas, on LinkedIn.  

I can't wait to get a massage! 

Dawn Cunningham, SHRM-CP, HR manager at Improved Piping Products in San Antonio, on LinkedIn.  


Dinner with my besties. 

Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, leadership trainer and SHRM faculty instructor at The Currence Group in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., on LinkedIn.  

Ready to get back out and shop and dine local! Missing my hometown favorite spots so much these days! 

Val Porterfield, HR business partner at PolyOne in Avon Lake, Ohio, on LinkedIn.  


To the office with sanitary precautions 

Victoria Gimenez, sales and marketing specialist for Atrix Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., on LinkedIn.   

Gym, Weight Watchers  

I'll eventually go to the gym with my mask. 

Grace E. Beasley, chief HR officer at HR Girlfriends in Brooklyn, N.Y., on LinkedIn.  

The gym! 

Kevin Owen, recruiter for the University of Minnesota Physicians in Minneapolis/St. Paul, on LinkedIn. 

Weight Watchers 🤦🏻 

Greg Maynor, senior HR business partner at Charter Communications in Los Angeles, on LinkedIn.  

Sporting Events 

The rink! We missed college hockey playoffs, #StanleyCup and two summer team tournaments already. Plus I need to get my skating exercise in too. #Nextchat 

Josh Rock, sourcing strategy specialist for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis/St. Paul, on LinkedIn. 

Hopefully to a major league baseball game! I've had a season ticket package since 1996, so I need to see some @Brewers Baseball at Miller Park in Milwaukee! #ThisIsMyCrew #NextChat 

Jeff Palkowski, SHRM-SCP, senior HR specialist in workforce relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on LinkedIn.  

Houses of Worship

Church! Miss my church family! 

Kelly Homan, HR manager at Arcos in Columbus, Ohio, on LinkedIn.  

Church and then shopping 

Kizzy Moore, records technician at Chatam County, Ga., on LinkedIn.  

Movies, Shopping 

Out to eat and the movies. Really miss that movie popcorn. 

Jane Espinoza, imaging specialist at Insperity in Houston, on LinkedIn.  

One of those eat-in movie theatres that has the great burgers and beers on tap. 

Mike Davis, talent development manager at Seneca Cos. in Des Moines, Iowa, on LinkedIn. 

The shopping mall, of course! 🛍 

Davina Tate, senior HR generalist at the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus, on LinkedIn. 

HomeGoods, Marshall's, TJMaxx!!! 

Annmarie Schneider, senior technical recruiter at ComputerPeople Staffing in Grand Island, N.Y., on LinkedIn. 

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