How to Re-Adjust to Going Back to the Office After Working Remotely?
After almost a year of working from home, going back to the office would not be the same, especially for those who always wanted to work in this kind of setup and considered it their ideal work routine.
With the reducing count of COVID-19 cases per day, organizations have started moving back to physical workspaces. However, no matter how normal it sounds, there is still a need to adapt to certain changes as we plan for our return to the office.
If you are among those who have been asked to start coming to the office, here are some tips that come in handy to adjust to going back to the office after working remotely: -
1. Make Yourself Feel at Home
One of the most jarring things to transition from remote working to on-site is to leave the comfort of your home. From having a cup of coffee readily available to wearing sweats and pyjamas while working, we were used to working with convenience. However, this won’t be possible while working in a physical space.
To ensure this transition does not deter you from going to the office, find out ways to feel comfortable at the office. Things like placing small plants at your desk or having your favourite tea and coffee can make you feel at home.
2. Follow A Routine
If you have started going to the office, keep it regular and follow a routine to ensure work efficiency. While the remote working environment has made us more comfortable to work at our convenience, this won’t be possible being at the office. Hence, we need to stick to a semblance of a daily routine to ensure maximum productivity at the workplace.
But this does not mean that you have to leave all your comforts. The key here is to arm yourself with a plan that helps you manage your work and personal life whilst staying flexible.
3. Communication is the Key
Communication is a crucial part of a ‘work from home’ setup. Since we don't get to meet the team members in person, it is essential to ensure constant and proactive communication with them, on e-mails, calls, and chats.
Most of us might think that returning to the office won’t require the same proactiveness as people can reach out anytime. However, that is not true; we still need to follow the same approach while working at the office to maintain a better understanding and transparency. This will help to prevent misunderstanding and build trust among the team members.
4. Stay Focused
Probably the biggest change, when transitioning from remote working to physical workspace, you’ll trade isolation for continuous activity and chatter. Most of us like to work in peace and the work from home setup catered to our needs. However, things won’t be the same at the office when surrounded by people. A little self-discipline would be required to keep up with the same level of productivity and stay focused. You can block out some time to talk to your friends and other team members, and devote the rest of your time to work.
While these adjustments may be overwhelming for you during the initial days of resuming work from the office, patience and self-discipline will help you ace it with ease.