It was late March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of people to start work from home. But, the circumstances are slowly transforming, with employees being asked to get back to office for work.
Unfortunately, it was an unprecedented amount of adaptation for both businesses and employees which made them stay back at home and work. Now few companies are welcoming their teams back into the office, and it’s the time for you to prepare for this.
There might be slight anxiousness about going back to the office after working from home for months. However, that doesn’t mean you should be unprepared. In order to manage any change effectively, you need to arm yourself with a plan while also remaining flexible.
The IT Jobs Board provides the five ways to sync and navigate to things like the returning of face-to-face meetings, daily commutes, avoiding distractions, feeling the responsibilities, and knowing about each other.
If you are planning about staying on top of your responsibilities, set time with your manager every week to review your current progress on a micro and macro level. You’ll get to touch base about all of the projects you’re working on.
Also have a scheduled time to take a break from the day-to-day to refocus which is always a good idea. It’s an easy way to be proactive, and your manager will thank you for it. Keep up a good rapo with the manager, to stay updated with all the work related activities.
Many think that commute is one of the most difficult parts of returning to the office. False, the trips are real relaxation for you, when provided with office commute. Lay back and put on some peaceful music to enjoy after work.
You can also listen to a business-focused podcast, use audio resources to learn a language or call an old coworker you haven’t spoken with in a while. There are plenty of ways you can utilize your time.
If you are working for a company, working by yourself in a private space is one thing. However, it completely changes when you are working in an open-floor office plan which is something else altogether.
So, get rid of as many distractions as you can. It is possible when you put your phone on silent; wear noise-cancelling headphones, etc. This allows you to focus on what you need to. Also, remember that it’s okay to ask for space from coworkers when you need it.
If you’re in the middle of an important project and somebody comes in to have a word casually, it’s not rude to ask them to come back when you’re less occupied.
Once you’re back in the office, you’ll eventually find out what time management system works best for you. Until then take note all of your tasks, meetings and other responsibilities in one document so you know what you’re supposed to do when.
Virtual and in-person relationships require different kinds of upkeep. You will find your co-workers every day, so get to know them a little better. Have lunch with them, or see if they’d like to get coffee during their afternoon slump.