How to transition back to work-from-office?

transition back to work-from-office

By Siddhi Jain

Many of the formal-economy workers have spent the past weeks working from home, and according to a new survey by IBM, over half of the remote workers want to remain part of a new remote workforce.

Yet, if the nature of your work demands your return to an office space, or if you just cannot wait to transition back to usual routines, here are suggestions that can help you mentally prepare for resuming the work-from-office lifestyle.

  • Suit up! Dressing up for work boosted our confidence. Wearing a mask is going to be part of formal wear. Don’t feel odd as everyone will be sporting one.
  • Trust is a two-way road. Trust your employer to follow the guidelines shared by the government to keep all employees safe, thus reducing anxiety about workplace hygiene and safety. Also, you can pitch in with your support to help your organization effectively enforce these measures. This will help you feel more confident and productive. Civic responsibility is always the key.
  • Transportation facilities may not be possible for all organizations. Don’t consider it an obstacle. Initiate an open discussion with your manager. Communicate plans and work timing. Pre-plan and balance between work-from-home and office visits.
  • Minimize work travel: Use technology and try to continue with online meetings with external clients. Plan team meetings for shorter durations in small groups.
  • Prioritise: Make a list of daily tasks. Going back to the office may help with structure and regularize that which has become out of sync now. Productivity and focus may increase.
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