Heading Back to the Office? Here Are 5 Tips to Help Make It A Smooth Transition

Heading Back to the Office? Here Are 5 Tips to Help Make It A Smooth Transition

Whether you are already doing hybrid working, have been in the office full-time for a while or will be returning there full-time in the new year, it can be daunting and exciting being back in the office after working from home for more than a year. Here are six tips to help you prepare for a great day at the office.

Plan Ahead

Working from home has allowed many employees to be more flexible with their time. And with returning to the office, things may feel more chaotic as they have to do their daily work while also commuting and taking care of their personal matters. Planning your day could help you feel less stressed with regard to what you have to do and how much time is needed. Plan how long your commute to work and back home would take, and what you’d need for the day at the office, like your lunch, earphones etc. 

Prepare yourself for different levels of productivity each day

Many people may find that they are more productive at home, so it wouldn’t be fair to expect the same level of production at the office. Many factors may result in a drop in productivity at the office, like meetings, impromptu conversations, traveling to and from work, more stress etc. So prepare yourself for perhaps doing less at the office than you would at home where things are more convenient and easily accessible.

Be open to change

We’ve entered a new era of work, so both employers and employees should be open to experimenting with new work models. Managers should be open to listening to any adjustments workers may need to help them be more productive and happy in the workplace. These adjustments won’t always be easy but with a growth mindset and being open to learning and unlearning, businesses can find systems that work for them and their employees.

Take your lunch break

When you’re busy, it can be very easy to eat your lunch at your desk or totally skip it but it’s important that you get up and actually step away from your desk during your lunchtime. Being productive is great but so is taking care of yourself. 

Don’t forget to practice gratitude

When times are hectic, we tend to forget to spend some time being grateful. Given that we’re living in a country with a high unemployment rate, it’s important to take some time to be grateful and practice that. Take the time to be kind to yourself and understand that transitions and changes are big and that it will take time to adjust to a new schedule. Remember, when things get to be too much, it can help to set your mind on the positives of the situation. 

Transitions are seldom easy but difficult doesn’t mean impossible. If you’re feeling anxious, know that that is completely normal and that you are not alone. Try not to be too hard on yourself, believe you can do this and go smash your career goals.


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