Owing to the fact, that Covid-19 has brought to us a “new norm” to work from home during lockdown, or go on the Government funded scheme; furlough, which “a quarter of the UK workforce has been put on furlough” stated The Independent. Furlough has taught us all to be versatile and adapt to every situation that we face, whether it is working remotely or part time working.
Now offices are reopening, workers are expected to go back to work. We understand that it may be daunting to go back to work, after working from home for such a substantial amount of time, many people are worried, anxious and concerned about the return. Therefore, we have come up with a few tips and ideas to help reassure you on how to get back to the world of work.
A few skills that you should try to have in order to go back to work:
Top Tips for going back to working in the office
1. Create a routine for your day to provide structure and to reframe your mind.
2. Keep in regular contact and communicate with your employer, manager and colleagues. Communicate your thoughts and feelings, whether this be positive or negative.
3. Adhere and adapt to the new rules on health and safety in the office due to covid-19, i.e. hand sanitisers, the 1m rule and one in and one out rule for parts of the office, such as the kitchen and the bathrooms.
4. The Mental Health at Work have got a few questions that you can prepare yourself with before going back to work:
-How will you get to work?
-Will anything be different as you enter the building?
-Who will be there?
-Will you need to do things differently to get your job done?
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5. Due to more local lockdowns, you need to get used to a quieter working environment, with the transition of part time furlough and a reduced workforce.
6. Prioritise your well-being, it is ok to feel anxious going back to work as the whole world has changed drastically in the past 6 months. “We all have good and bad days, and as we gradually enter our ‘new normal’ some people might be experiencing more anxiety”, states Dr Touroni.
It is only natural to feel nervous about the transition back to work. However, with our tips we hope to reassure you and get rid of any worries or concerns you may have. If you do have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0161 438 1930 or contact Finlay James here.