It’s been a long time since many of us have seen our coworkers and employees in the office. Though we’ve seen them over Zoom meetings and have talked to them over the phone, it’s not the same as interacting with them face-to-face. Whether you’ve already started the transition back into the workplace or are going to start the transition in the near future, it’s going to feel somewhat strange and definitely different for awhile. Though it’ll be nice to feel a sense of familiarity and get back into a routine once again, there’s going to be a bit of a transition period for everyone going back to work.
That being said, here’s how to transition back into your work environment after working from home for so long:
Manage Your Daily Stress
We aren’t going to sugarcoat it – going back to work is probably going to be a little stressful at first. We’re all used to a new routine that comes with working-from-home, and now we’ll all need to get used to our old routines once again. It’s important that during this transition period we all manage and take care of any stress that comes along with day to day life.
According to Micro-resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy (Bonnie St. John and Allen Haines, 2017), there are 5 key things you need to do in order to manage your daily stress: refocus your brain, reset your primitive alarms, reframe your attitude, refresh your body, and renew your spirit. Check-in with your wellbeing at the beginning, middle, and end of each work day, and if you’re feeling stressed out, take some time to practice these steps to try and reduce your stress levels.
Be Open to a “New Normal”
Work life pre COVID-19 and work life post COVID-19 are going to look significantly different. The way we interact with one another, the layout of the office, and the implementation of social distancing measures are just some of the things that we all will need to adjust to.
Change is hard, and frankly, many of us don’t like change. Though it may take a while to come to terms with a “new normal”, it’s important that we give this new way of life a chance. Eventually we’ll all adjust, and it’s not worth it to stress out over something that frankly, you can’t control anyways.
Communicate With Your Employees and Coworkers
Everyone is still a little on edge from COVID-19, and it may take a long time for everything to feel somewhat normal again. This is why it’s important that lines of communication are kept open and honest with your whole team.
If one of your colleagues or coworkers is having concerns about the way something is being handled at work, it’s crucial that you sit down and talk about it. You’ll need to be very open to talking through problems and insecurities that might come about, and remember to be gentle when discussing sensitive topics. At the end of the day, we’re all still trying to figure out how to adjust to this “new normal”, but with a little bit of vulnerability and open communication, we’ll get through this together.