Love to go to the office. I have an office within our real estate office. For me, it is a place of serious work and a convenience to meet clients and have all my files, equipment at my finger tips. It gives me a separation from home and a better atmosphere for my assistant to work as well.
Being in the office also has the advantage of being around other agents and interacting. There is a proper time and place for quick visits. One disadvantage is watching what is said and being on my guard not to improperly visit regarding a client. When hiring my assistant that was a discussion I had with her as well. In innocence, during a conversation, one could easily give out confidential information. You must always be on your toes not to slip. I know because I hear it from others all the time. Simple statements like, "I'm so frustrated with my client because I told them their home is priced too high and they are upset at the lack of showings" Guess what, I now know that the listing is overpriced so any buyer I represent and show that home that conversation will be recalled. Or the comment about the seller is going through a divorce and is now very motivated. Again, unless the seller said broadcast my motivation there is no permission given for that information. Also the spirit of friendship in the office may tend to make negotiations involving your friendship a little too friendly where suggestions of the seller or buyer will act a certain way is divulged.
Office chat can cause ethic violations when no one really intended to act against their responsibility. The key is to always keep in mind who you represent, that even your friends do not get inside or confidential information, and that you must always be professional. Never utter what you do not want spread around like the Grapevine.
I still love being in the office. I just keep my cards close and don't expose my hand (OK I'm from Texas and play poker, secret out).