Remote No More: How to Adjust to Going Back to the Office

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety restrictions are lifting in cities and towns across the United States. Now, businesses are letting employees return to the office. But, for employees who have become accustomed to working remotely, going back to the office can be difficult.

If you’re concerned about adjusting to the “new normal” of office life following the pandemic, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ease your transition back to office work.

1. Make Your Office Space Your Own

Personalize your office space. To do so, organize your computer and office supplies in a way that works well for you. In addition, include photographs or other items from home in your office décor.

Ultimately, you need an office space that enables you to work comfortably and efficiently. If you find a standard office setup does not meet your expectations, make adjustments. Then, you can create a workspace that enables you to maximize your productivity.

2. Stay with Your Remote Work Routine

If possible, maintain your remote work routine. Since your routine delivers proven results, it can help you stay productive in the office. Plus, your routine can help you minimize stress as you adjust to working in an office once again.

A good routine can be tough to establish and maintain. So, if your remote work routine helps you perform your best, keep it intact. That way, you can follow your routine to stay on track with office work.

3. Communicate and Collaborate with Your Peers and Superiors

Take advantage of opportunities to communicate and collaborate with your peers and superiors. As a remote worker, you may have only engaged with your team members via phone call, email, or video chat. Today, you can connect with your team in person — and can use these opportunities to build new relationships and improve existing ones.

Remain accessible to peers and superiors in your office. Furthermore, meet with team members for lunch and other social activities if you feel safe and comfortable doing so. This allows you to engage with your team. And together, all team members can do their part to make your office a great place to work.

4. Share Any Concerns or Questions

Meet with your manager to share any concerns or questions you have about returning to the office. Next, you and your manager can brainstorm ways to make your transition back to the office as seamless as possible.

Remember, your manager is available to assist you in any way possible. If you are worried about working in the office, your manager can help. Over time, you and your manager can uncover ways to enjoy a terrific office experience. In the long run, you, your manager, and your entire team can reap the benefits of this experience.


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