6 easy tips to feel better about going back to the office after COVID

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

While the employers are busy working out ways to bring employees back to work after COVID. Employees are still not very sure about this!!

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Let me just start by stating the obvious that, the news of going back to work in 2021 has not been very well received, globally!!

From having no idea about what does working remotely means to now hoping for work from home to get permanent, people have finally accepted the new normal.

But as the news of getting back to work soon is gaining momentum, numerous articles talking about how a majority of employees are ready to quit from jobs if the employer isn’t ready to accommodate flexible timings, are emerging on the web.

Having worked from home for more than a year, it's obvious that employees will have mixed feelings about going back to the office.

But not everyone can afford to start quitting jobs if the management is not providing work-from-home opportunities.

Also, individuals who are willing to go back to work are holding themselves back as they are clueless about, how work life will change after COVID, what to expect when returning back to work after COVID, how to adapt to returning to the office after having worked from home for a long time.

So, my friend if you are looking for a return to the office after the COVID plan, this is it.

Your return to office after COVID checklist to help you feel better about getting back to the office-

1. Acceptance-

The lack of acceptance is the root cause and being in a state of denial is never good. To put it simply, you have had this coming for a while now, and I understand that the thought of leaving your comfort zone now looks pretty scary. But we all know that life begins where the comfort zone ends. You need to accept the fact that this was long due and focus on the many benefits that returning to office has to offer. Working from home is good but working from the office has its perks.


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2. Make a list of pros-

I know you are in love with jobs that let you work from home, but going back to the office isn’t all that bad. Memories of the good times at the office have now faded away, but you can revive them by consciously reminding yourself of those moments. The heartwarming chats with colleagues turned friends over coffee or tea, the impact that teamwork makes in your deliverables. Don’t we all know that face-to-face always trumps a zoom call any day? Look at this as your chance to recreate those fun memories with your office besties and get back in the groove.

A day before making a detailed list of all the benefits of going back to work and returning to the office, covering even the minutest details. Things like-

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• the aroma of the steaming hot tea as you enter your office café

• morning greetings from the cheerful security guards

• finally getting a chance to have a normal in-person conversation while maintaining social distancing, instead of zoom calls