With time – cocooned in the safety of our homes – we have adapted. We’ve figured out how to turn dining rooms into offices and kitchens into classrooms … we’ve become comfortable with this, thank you very much! However, after two years of working from home, 50% of companies want workers back in the office 5 days a week.
Okay, so business as usual then? Well, it might not be that easy. Although some might be excited about returning to the office full time, you’re not alone if you’re feeling anxious. In fact, a recent survey showed that for as many as two-thirds of workers, the thought of returning to a physical office for the first time can feel as if the soundtrack of “Jaws” is playing in the background!
But it’s time to focus on the positives. The benefits may include rebuilding social connections with colleagues, fewer distractions that reduce your productivity, and a firmer boundary between work and home life. Home could finally be, well, just home!
And yes, it is all about the routine. The pandemic has entirely altered our daily routines, including household and childcare agreements; it’s best to get these sorted before work starts. Timely meals, enough sleep, exercise, and time for relaxation should be a priority.
Remember, we won’t be going back to work as it was pre-pandemic; there will be limitations and strict Covid rules. You’ve changed and your colleagues have changed, so be compassionate and kind towards others. The uncertainty about the future, the loss of autonomy and connection, and the level of loss and grief was unprecedented for many of us.
Sure, being around a lot of people can come as a shock to the system. So, set sensory boundaries; inject breaks into your workday, step outside and do some breathing or stretching. To avoid feeling awkward around others, having a plan on what feels safe and comfortable for you is crucial.
Also, it may be time to give your wardrobe a makeover. Yup, it’s time to get reacquainted with trousers that zip up and shirts with buttons. When you look good, you feel good!
It’s important, especially at first, to have a “home from work” attitude. Stock your desk with a stress ball, a calming essential oil diffuser, a beautiful plant, and framed photos of your loved ones. We’ve all been through a lot, give yourself time to integrate. However, if you’re struggling, try to negotiate hybrid solutions where you spend some time at the office and the rest at home.
Remind yourself that, just like working remotely, going back to the office will eventually feel like a normal part of life – one that comes with advantages, as well as challenges.
You’ve got this!
Source: pushfar.com, cnbc.com, up.ac.za, nytimes.com, verywellmind.com, menshealth.com, money.usnews.com, ideas.ted.com
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