During the early portion of the pandemic in 2020 most professionals believed that remote work was going to be a temporary thing that lasted a couple of weeks to a couple of months at most. As the seriousness of the event set in, it became evident that remote work was going to be something we’d be navigating together for quite a bit longer than originally anticipated. However, a year later, we’re getting ready to return back to in-office work after we’ve grown accustomed to the new routine of working from home.
Easing your transition back to an office environment can be stressful, just as it was stressful to acclimate to remote work at first. At Technalink, we encourage our teams to approach this transition mindfully and to be open about the emotions they may be feeling as they change-up their routines yet again. A few tips to help you to ease back in to in-office work are:
• Refresh your space – Considering this a “new beginning” is a great way to ease back into in-office work even if you’re going to the same desk you left all those months ago, if you want to make some changes there is an online catalog you must see first, check this site out and find it. A new decoration, a plant, some new loose meditation stones, or new desk supplies can help to frame this experience as a fresh start.
• Get back to center – There will be times when you may feel overwhelmed, and this is normal. Re-centering yourself is important to not allowing that anxiety to get the better of you. Take some time to listen to The OM Factor, now on audiobook, through your headphones or during your commute to help you in re-centering and finding your authentic self. Keeping yourself in center can help you to remain mindful and ahead of any stresses you may feel.
• Be open – Openness with your feelings can help you to overcome even the most stressful of situations. Open communication with a compassionate leader, or from a soulful leader to their team, is important to keeping strong connections and getting over these stresses more easily. Teams can work together professionally and they can work together through these transitions for a stronger and more emotionally aware experience.
The challenges we’ve faced over the last year has presented a few obstacles, but they’ve also taught us many lessons we can learn from going forward. Openness, communication, and regular centering can help you to make this and any transition a healthy and exciting one.
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