More people are starting to go back to the worksite at least 1-3 days a week and the transition may be an adjustment as we reestablish how we work in this familiar environment.
Here are some tips for managing your return to the workplace.
- Go easy on yourself and others – It’s normal to experience anxiety during transitions. Have patience and empathy for yourself and your colleagues as you reconnect, relearn office procedures and navigate the new realities of the workplace.
- Ease back into social norms and create new ones – Are you ready to shake hands? Would you prefer a friendly wave instead? As we reconnect and rebuild our community, it’s important to communicate and respect each other’s boundaries.
- Plan ahead and adjust – Small tasks, like making your lunch at home, packing your work bag the night before and planning when to take breaks, can help your workday run more smoothly. Also, factor in your commute and responsibilities at home when scheduling.
- Focus on what makes you happy at work – You’ve probably missed your colleagues, your workouts at the gym or maybe even your large monitor. Take time each day to appreciate the people and resources that make your time at work.
- Lean into what you learned – This past year, you likely learned a lot about how you work most productively. Now is a good time to put that to use so you can be intentional about your time in the office and make the most of it.
- Take stock of your work-life integration – Re-examine your work-life integration and think about how to re-establish boundaries.