The lockdowns are lifting, the offices are opening and we are getting one step closer to deleting the Zoom app. And, while we’re all dying to see our work pals, we can’t help but admit that we’re a little anxious about returning back to office life. If you’re feeling nervous, don’t fret, here are some tips to help you transition back to the office with ease.
Plan Your Route To Work
It’s probably been a long time since you travelled in rush hour. Even if you did miss it, it’s probably going to feel strange. You may even want to try a different method of getting to work in order to avoid the crowds. Whatever it is, it’s always a good idea to plan your journey and take a test run when it’s less busy on the weekend so you know what you’re in for.
Take Baby Steps
Instead of diving right back into the 9-to-5, why not take it a day at a time? If your manager allows, try working alternate days inside and outside of the office. It’s a big transition to make so ease your body (and your brain) back into it if you can!
Ask Your Manager About New Systems
Don’t feel nervous about asking your boss what systems they have in place to make sure your work space is Covid secure. It’s natural to feel anxious about the big return, so make sure you let those responsible for you know how you’re feeling.
Check In With Your Colleagues
After so long apart, you might be dying to see even your most annoying workmates right now. Before you all head back to the office, give them a call and ask how they’re all feeling. You’ll be transitioning back to your workplace together, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re all on the same page.
Get Stocked Up On Everything You Need
At the beginning of 2020, our essentials were phone chargers and a change of comfy shoes. Now? It’s all about facemasks and hand sanitizer, it’s a good idea to be extra prepared, make sure you have supplies for your handbag and your desk. It’s never bad to be over prepared!
Focus On The Positives
Finally, think happy thoughts! It might be daunting to be stepping back inside an office, but how great will it be to see your colleagues face-to-face instead of over Zoom? Returning to the office is a sign of life returning to some form of normality, embrace it!
Text Lizzy Vartanian