Many of us have become used to the ‘new normal’ way of life following the Coronavirus outbreak. We are familiar with spending lots of our time cooped up in the comfort of our own homes and limiting travel in our day-to-day lives. Yet as countries are beginning to lift lockdown restrictions, lots of us are beginning to think about heading back into the workplace. Whether you have been furloughed since the beginning of lockdown or have been working from home, the transition of going back into the workplace may seem a little scary. But don’t fret! We have some suggestions that may help you feel more confident when stepping back into the world of work.
Balancing work and your personal life
Maintaining a work-life balance is crucial for your mental health and wellbeing. It can be so easy to immerse yourself into your work (which is great!), but it is just as easy to forget about your personal life. Before heading back into the workplace, create a schedule for your first few weeks back at work and ensure you build in downtime to avoid burning yourself out. Set out some activities you would like to do in the evenings after work and over the weekends. This can be as simple as picking up a new book or calling a friend, as long as you are doing something you enjoy and allows you to wind down.
Remember that being successful is so much more than achieving in the workplace. Success also lies in being a happy, positive and motivated person!
Changes in environment in the workplace
Going back into the workplace may feel like an unusual and daunting experience. You may be feeling a little on edge about how new hygiene practices will work, how social distancing is being organised and how others around you may act. Although this new way of work will feel unfamiliar, it is important to remember that you are not alone in feeling this way. There are people at work that will listen to your concerns.
Being mindful of those around you
Everyone has experienced lockdown in different ways. Unfortunately some people will have lost family and friends to the virus. Being mindful and considerate of those around you will really help them settle back into the workplace and in turn they will do the same for you. Remember to be kind and caring – building good relationships with your co-workers will ultimately help you all feel more comfortable in the workplace.
Changes in routine
Many of us have become familiar with the smart on top/pyjamas on the bottom lifestyle throughout lockdown and it will be a strange feeling going back into a work environment. Getting used to new habits and a faster pace of life will take some time adapting to but you will get there slowly but surely. Going back to work after time away can be tough, but building a steady work routine will help to ease yourself back in. Create a structured list of things you have to complete at work that day and tick off as many as you feel you can do.