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16 Apr 2021

Tips for returning to the office post-pandemic

After months of working from home, employees are finally starting to get back to the office. Many businesses have already begun their return to the workplace, but there still remains a sense of uncertainty.

Despite the concerns, there are some clear benefits of getting back to work. Working from home has proven difficult for many employees. According to research by Nuffield Health, 80% of people in the UK feel that working from home full time has negatively impacted their mental health.

As the number of vaccinated people is growing, and the number of new Covid cases is declining there are hopeful signs that companies are starting to think about how and how much to bring their employees back to the office environment.

We’ve put together a few tips on how to make your post lockdown return to the office as smooth as possible.

Manage anxiety and stress

Talking and voicing concerns is a good way to manage anxiety. If you’re worried about returning to work, you’re not alone. A survey found that 70% of workers didn’t feel ready to return to offices full time. Make sure you talk to people about how you’re feeling, whether that’s your manager or colleagues, they may well be feeling the same.

Staying motivated

While many people can’t wait to get back into the office, others may prefer the freedom of hybrid working. Getting used to earlier alarms and commutes may cause some level of work demotivation.

It is important to take it slow and not get overwhelmed, scheduling your week and writing out a few important to-dos will help provide structure. Be proactive in talking to your colleagues about new work schedules and treat returning to the office as a chance to implement new habits.

Try to stay social

After months apart many employees made it a priority to stay connected when working from home, if you created a positive remote culture while in lockdown, try to keep this going when you’re back at the office. Whilst some people may be excited to return to the office and see their colleagues once again, others may be feeling anxious at the thought of socialising after months in lockdown. Try to be empathetic and understanding to those around you and offer support to colleagues who may be struggling to adjust.

Remain positive

It’s not always easy to adjust to change, try to be proactive in finding a new routine that works for you. Focus on the positives of getting back to the office, like communicating face to face with colleagues again, whether it be after-work drinks, company days out or even the simple advantages of being able to get out of the house again.

Employees’ wellbeing is at the forefront of many minds this year. Having been forced into new ways of working it is vital to look after your team. Here at Each Person, we offer solutions to help cultivate your company and offer perks at works.  Ecards are a simple and effective way to say thank you for your hard work.  Alternatively, we offer employee vouchers that people can use across a range of online retailers.

To find out more about how Each Person can improve your rewards and recognition scheme, visit eachperson.com or contact us at info@eachperson.com.

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