After over two years of remote work, the reality of returning to the workplace is beginning to set in for me. We will all be taking the logistical and emotional baggage that came with propelling yourself and your family through the global pandemic. But everything feels different now. I feel different now. It’s uncomfortable to think about being surrounded by people all day-even people you know, like, and may trust. The thought of sharing spaces with others is hard to stomach after more than a two years of reminders of hand-washing, mask-wearing and worrying. How do you get comfortable with this? How do you get your mind around your upcoming return to the office? I’ve listened to many webinars, read may articles and gathered a few tips that I hope you find helpful. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude: Incorporate expressions of gratitude in your daily routine. Make it a conscious habit to express appreciation for your life and all the wonderful things you have in your life. As for returning to the workplace, I am particularly grateful for the increased flexibilities which includes less days in the office each week.
Consider Your Needs: Make a list of the things you need to feel comfortable, especially in shared workspaces. Consider what feels right to you and secure the information and supplies you need as you think through your return logistics. Most importantly, explore the resources that are being made available to staff, and honestly explore what you need.
Support safety protocol: Those of us who are returning to the workplace have a professional responsibility to support the safety protocols in place to keep us safe. There will be new requirements and we should not be resistant to these requirements even if we disagree with them. They are in place for our safety and the safety of our co-workers.