It’s been a long time that you’ve been working from home, but finally, the time has come to return to the office! Here are some tips to make sure your transition back to working in an office setting is as smooth and successful as possible:
1. Set a schedule and stick to it
One of the benefits of working from home is the flexibility it affords. However, when returning to the office, it’s important to set a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. This will help you stay focused and productive, and make the transition back to an office setting much easier.
2. Get organized
3. Dress for success
When working from home, it’s easy to just throw on whatever is comfortable. However, when returning to the office, it’s important to dress for success. Dressing professionally will help you feel more confident and ready to take on the day.
4. Communicate with your team
One of the challenges of working from home is staying connected with your team. Before returning to the office, take some time to catch up with your co-workers and make sure everyone is on the same page.
5. Take advantage of technology
There are a number of technology tools that can help you be more productive when working in an office setting. Make sure to take advantage of these tools, and utilize them to make your return to the office as successful as possible.
6. Be open to change
Every colleague will have a different idea about what works and what doesn’t in the “new normal”. Accept that there might be some trial and error in getting everyone on the same page, but know that everyone is working towards the same goal: making the office a productive, successful place to work.
Things will inevitably change when you return to the office, so it’s important to be flexible and adaptable. Whether it’s a new policy or a different way of doing things, try to go with the flow and be open to change.
You’ll need to adjust mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Going back to a regular office environment means you’ll have less freedom, be interrupted more often, and have to interact with people. You’ll also have to start saying “no” to protect your time, as well as that of your family, friends, and other loved ones. Readjusting to a work environment requires an adjustment of your attitude. Think carefully about the impact it will have on you, and adjust accordingly.
7. Give yourself time to adjust
After being away from the office for so long, it will take some time to readjust. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to get used to your new surroundings.
After working at home for a while, ease yourself back into the office. Jumping right into meetings, phone calls, and other work-related tasks might create unnecessary tension. Start slowly, and you’ll feel more comfortable in no time.
Don’t try to pack your schedule too full during this time. You may be eager to jump back into everything, so you might be inclined to accept every task that comes across your desk. However, it’s best to wait until you feel completely ready to handle more responsibilities. Otherwise, you could become overwhelmed.
8. Seek feedback
If you’re unsure about how you’re doing, or if there are any areas that need improvement, don’t hesitate to seek feedback from your team. They can offer valuable insights that will help you make the most of your return to the office.
9. Have fun!
Remember, working in an office can be fun! Make sure to take advantage of all the amenities your office has to offer, and take some time to enjoy being back in the office.
10. Continue healthy workplace practices.
Remember to drink water, stay hydrated, take a short walk, or do some simple stretches during lunch. Carry a hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Maintain a safe distance from your colleagues who want to maintain social distancing.
Following these tips will help ensure that your return to the office is smooth and successful. By getting organized, staying on schedule