This blog is written during a time that the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to be less restrictive, which means people are starting to go back to the office little by little. The return from 3 months at home with your family or alone to an environment which is ‘the new normal’ will be strange for all of us, but it does not have to cause you any anxiety.
Take it easy
You’ll be coming back to a place that is very familiar but different at the same time. There may be a few changes: you may have new colleagues or some who have unfortunately was made redundant the desks are re-arranged to respect the distance, the schedules for a risk-free rotation may be set in place and so on. Give your time to re-integrate by taking advantage of the rotation: If you were working from home, you can, for example, ask for dividing your working days and keep 2 or 3 days per week at home.
A silver lining of Covid-19 is that it has definitely opened the minds of managers concerning remote work. Companies who were considering to implement remote work in their processes were forced to take action sooner than expected. We came more aware that remote work is not a fatality but can actually a tool to enhance the well-being of employees.
Enhance your daily habits
When the pandemic hit, you most likely had a dramatic change in daily routine and rituals. As time went on during lockdown, you formed new routines and rituals which you will want to integrate into this ‘new normal’ state. Your health (physically, mentally, and spiritually) should always be your number one priority. Analyze your new routine and habits at work and focus on the ones that make you feel good and productive.
Examples of bad habits could be not having your emails or work well organized, you do not drink enough water or get up and away from the screen often enough. You’re back at work a new person, just like your colleagues- think of it as a re-set and new chapter. Share your new habits and experience, and don’t forget to get inspired by your colleagues’ new habits too!
Ask for an exciting project
While you worked in the comfort of your home office, you might have had more time for breaks to think about the job you were doing. You may think that things have gone a bit bland, and with the pandemic has come the opportunity for change and learning to adapt. When you get back to the office, and you want to contribute in a new way, ask to start or integrate a new project that will give you energy and motivation to make a great come back.
This project can be a new team, new tasks you’re not used to and so on. Learning new theories or skills is usually something that encourages people to be more open about work. You will see how this new project, knowledge and growth can impact your everyday job and career in the long-term).