Top tips for returning to the office
Chat with the team first. It’s important to make sure everyone in your team is happy with returning before enforcing any rules which drag them in. If there are any individual concerns, be sure to make allowances. This has been a really strange time for everyone, so it’s highly unlikely every single member of a team will be in the same place mentally.
Transparency is key. If you’re in a position of leadership, make sure everything is as clear as possible for those returning. If not, then find out as much information as you can about new office rules. That means in regards to sanitizing surfaces, social distancing, safely entering and exiting the office and any other things that have been introduced.
Take it at your own pace. Don’t rush back to work if you’re not feeling comfortable or ready. Take baby steps and only head in when you feel safe to do so. Talk to your employers about this, and be sure to be open and honest with how you feel.
Consider a test run. If you’re unsure whether opening or returning to the office is a good idea, think about introducing it first as a test. If people are happy, comfortable, productive and feel safe, then moving towards a full-scale reopening might prove to be a success.
Finding the right balance between working and living your regular life at home is tough for anyone. Make sure to keep this guide in mind if you find yourself shifting to a remote-first role now or in the future.