With loosening restrictions and the lifting of the MCO, employers all over have asked their staff to begin working from their offices. To some, this may be a sigh of relief, especially if you’ve been feeling unproductive at home. But to others, the readjustments may be difficult. After months of working from home, the anxiety attached to returning to work must be high.
On top of readjusting to the workplace, staff will also have to maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) while at work. Social distancing, face masks, sanitising.. all of which have to become part of the daily routine. There is also the constant worry of falling ill.
However, there are a few ways you can quickly adapt to this new normal at your workplace. It might prove difficult in the first few days but by adopting these methods, the transition process will be made easier. The first trick is to..
1. Manage your anxiety
Although it may seem best to keep all your anxiety hidden and buried, this could actually prove worse for you in the long run. If you want to ease your adjustment process, you should acknowledge the anxiety you’re feeling about returning to work. Perhaps you’re worried about the virus transmission, you’ve gotten used to your work from home lifestyle or you’re just feeling inexplicably uneasy.
If necessary, speak to someone or contact HR to let them know that you’re having difficulties adjusting. More likely than not, many of your colleagues are probably facing the same struggles so your first step could help others as well.
By managing your anxiety, you will find it reducing over time and eventually, your readjusting won’t seem so impossible.
2. Make yourself at home
At this point, we are all so used to rolling out of bed, not changing out of our sweats or shorts and starting work. Having a pot of coffee within arm’s reach and blasting music at our desks are all things we’ve gotten used to. Now that working from the office is back, all these comforts are being taken away. And this can feel quite jarring.
The best alternative is to make your office desk feel more like home. Bring along your favourite coffee mug, stock your desk with snacks, decorate your work station and get yourself a good pair of earphones.
It may also help to focus on all the plus points of working from the office – seeing your colleagues, having productive face-to-face meetings and clocking out exactly when the work day ends.
3. Create a routine
During a transition period, nothing helps more than a daily routine.
Get to the office, have a cup of tea and coffee, answer to emails and then start with your day’s work. An office routine could help in reducing wayward feelings surrounding this shift. It also helps to prepare a to-do list for the day. This sense of structure will make working from the office quite productive.
4. Enjoy the company of your colleagues
One thing you may have missed when working from home is the company of your colleagues!
Working in isolation can be difficult and could make work life quite monotonous. With your colleagues around, it’s easier to de-stress – perhaps rant with each other about work, have lunch together or laugh about goof ups. All while maintaining SOPs, of course!
The best part about working at an office is the interaction we get to have. This makes work life less lonely and more enjoyable!
Although adjusting will be difficult, the above methods could help in easing this transition back to work. And who knows? With the right mindset (and a cup of coffee in your system), your transition could in fact be seamless!
Have a great time at work!