How To Brace Yourself for a Return to the Office

Transitioning from your home office to the actual office can be a pretty overwhelming process – especially if you’ve been enjoying your “new normal” for more than a year now! These tips will help you experience a smooth and seamless transition from WFH life to office life.

Build Time Into Your Schedule for Conversation

When you’re first back at the office, you’ll probably want to talk with those around you – especially because you haven’t seen your co-workers (in person) for a long time. But rather than shying away from conversations, build some time into your schedule to accommodate. That way, you can ease your way back into work and immerse yourself in office culture once again.

Ask for Flexible Scheduling

Shifting from working from home to the office full time is not an easy transition. To avoid burnout, talk to your boss about the potential of a flexible schedule. Even if you ask to work remotely one or two days a week, the break will be enough to keep you moving full steam ahead. Many employers find that their staff experiences greater productivity when they have flexible scheduling. So, it may be a win-win scenario for everyone involved.

Bring at-Home Conveniences

You adjusted to the WFH life rather easily, so readjusting back to the office can be relatively uncomfortable. While you’re not going to be able to bring all the comforts from home into the office, you can bring in things like a space heater or fan, a blanket, some plants, your to-go mug, and your favorite snacks. Basically, do whatever it takes to work to ease the transition for yourself.

Be Patient and Empathetic

You aren’t alone in your possible distaste for returning to the office, and not everyone will adjust to it overnight. It will be challenging, tensions may be high, and you may find yourself struggling to find motivation. For this reason, make sure you take time to reflect, empathize with others, and, most importantly, be patient with the experience. Adjustment periods are always hard, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Returning to the office doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process. Implement these tips, and you’ll be back into your old routine in no time.

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