Tips for readjusting to office life
As things start to open back to up, many of us are preparing to make the transition back to offices.
Switching to working from home last year was a huge adjustment for lots of people, but just because we’ve worked in offices before, it doesn’t mean that switching back to old routines is going to be any less of an adjustment.
We’ve all gotten used to this new way of life: your at-home desk (/dining table/sofa), zero commute, wearing loungewear to work and regular video calls.
Whether you’re returning full time or just the odd day each week, here are some tips for readjusting to office life.
The first few mornings you go back into the office will probably be a bit of a shock to the system, so it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. Things like putting out your clothes the night before (what do we even wear to the office anymore?), getting an early night and giving yourself enough time in the morning to get ready and get into work on time. You may have been able to do this on autopilot a year ago but it’s likely you’ll be a little rusty at first.
Take things slow
Going back to office life doesn’t mean that things will immediately switch back to the way they were before. Social distancing will still be in place and there’ll likely be different restrictions, layouts or even set days that the office can be used as we transition back to office life. You’ll probably have to make your own brew and keep on top of regular cleaning in shared areas. It’s a lot to get used to after working from home for a year so make sure to ease yourself in.
Are you excited to get back to the office? Or maybe you’re a little apprehensive? Reach out to your line manager or colleagues ahead of returning to the office to chat through how you’re feeling. They could be feeling the same way too.
You might even have some ideas on how things should be done differently after your experience of working at home. Keep talking to others so they can understand how you feel and give the best advice.
This is a big change and you might make some mistakes as you transition back but try not to put too much pressure on yourself to get everything right straight away.
Similarly with colleagues, it’s a big adjustment for everyone and each person has their own things going on, whether at work or at home. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others - we’ll all get through this together.