With the implementation of Lockdown Level 2, more and more companies will bring people back into the workplace. If you’re feeling uneasy, you’re not alone.
There are a lot of mixed feelings; while some might be eager to finally get out of the house, a good number of people are very anxious. A recent poll indicated that only 25% of employees are ready to return to a regular work schedule while 75% felt that they would prefer to work from home, and only go into the office when needed. The world has changed and environmental cues such as sanitation stations, masks, screens, and social distancing will continue to remind us of the threat we face.
Thing is, as our new normal merged work-life and home-life into one, we became resourceful and creative. And with time - cocooned in the safety of our homes - we have adapted. Hey, we’ve figured out how to turn dining rooms into offices and kitchens into classrooms! Let’s face it, returning to the workplace full time will take planning and support.
There is no playbook for re-entering the workplace during a global pandemic. This is a first for all of us. But there are science-backed ways to manage stress and keep productivity up during this unprecedented time.
A year from now, if someone asks how living through COVID-19 changed you, how do you want to answer? Regardless of the difficulties, you get to decide how this shapes the person you want to be.
Be safe everyone.
Source: coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au, wework.com, biospace.com, stewartmckelvey.com, safetyandhealthmagazine.com, vuelio.com, independent.co.uk, hbr.org
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