8 Easy Steps For A Smooth Transition Back Into The Office

By Connor Wiegand on July 29, 2021

Key Points:

  • Transitioning back into the office can be difficult, but you can make your transition more manageable with our eight easy steps
  • Preparation before the first day back helps, but there are a few ways in the office to make you feel more at ease
  • It’s important to be easy on yourself and others during the next phase of going back into the office

Many people are transitioning back to the office after spending months working from home. While it was difficult for some to get used to working from home, it may also take time to adjust to going back to the office. In addition, it may take some time to get used to the new work environment, but we’ve identified ways to make your transition easier.

8 Steps To Make Your Transition Back Into The Office Easier

Ease into it. If possible, see if your boss allows everyone to build out their schedule to come back to the office. If you have the opportunity to go in a couple of days a week at first, try to arrange it, so it’s not as startling.

Set your alarm. By creating a routine and setting the alarm, you’re giving yourself ample time to get ready for the day with minimal stress making a positive start to the day. However, getting used to an early alarm can be difficult, so set your alarm early for a few days beforehand to get used to the early mornings.

Prepare yourself the day before. Whether it’s pre-making your lunch or setting your clothes out for tomorrow’s workday, there are small steps that can make your morning run smoothly to get back to the office. Preparation is the key to success!

Stock your desk. The transition back into the office can be stressful, so it’s crucial to create a surrounding that gives you peace and calmness. While a stress ball might help some, others may need essentials oils or another de-stress option.

Bring a piece of home with you. To make you feel more at home in your office, bring an item from your home. Whether it’s a picture of your family or your favorite plant, you are setting up your surroundings to make you feel comfortable.

Reconnect with coworkers. Checking in with your coworkers not only gives you a break from your work but also helps everyone feel more at ease. Adding water-cooler conversations into your schedule may bring a sense of normalcy. It’s also a great reminder that you’re not alone in the transition back into the office.

Take a break. Both physically and mentally, your body needs to move throughout the day. To ensure that you aren’t stationary at your desk for the entire day, take small breaks to walk to get water or stretch.

Practice Selfcare. After a long day in the office, it’s essential to take some time for yourself when you arrive home. Whether it’s exercise, meditation, beauty routine, or watching your favorite tv show, it’s crucial to decompress from the day.

Give yourself time, and you’ll feel back at ease with these eight easy steps. However, please keep in mind that your adjustment period may be longer or shorter than others, and either way, it’s completely normal. If you’re looking for more ways to help you during your next steps back into the office, we have many helpful articles like 3 Steps To Increase Productivity In A Meeting.

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