Since the further easing of community measures came into force on 26 April, all employees may now return to the workplace. While there is now, technically, no reason for us to be working from home anymore, this doesn’t mean that most of us want to do so.
After more than two years of either working from home or following a hybrid system of work because of the covid pandemic, it’s hard to imagine going into the office five times a week again.
First, there’s the physical ritual of waking up early, getting dressed in work attire (picking an outfit can be stressful!), driving to the office in rush hour traffic or cramming onto public transport with others – then doing it all over again on the way home.
There’s also the mental aspect of going back to the workplace. For example, introverts have been extremely happy working from home and not having to deal with face-to-face social interactions at the office. It could also be cheaper for you to work from home as you don’t spend on transport and the unnecessary-but-much-needed takeaway coffees from that nice cafe next to the office. Or you might find that you have far less distractions working from home.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to stick to a remote or flexible work arrangement, it’s normal to feel anxious about going back to the office. You might be used to your cosy office space in you home by now but it’s time to ditch the comfy (bottom-half, probably) lounge outfits and ease back into your office desk again.
Here are 7 tips to recalibrate yourself as you switch from remote working to back-to-office mode.