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Preparing for Your Return to the Office or Hybrid Schedule

After a long time away from in-person work due to COVID-19, many organizations are slowly bringing employees back into the office either full-time or as part of a hybrid schedule (working some days in the office and others at home). If you are returning to the office, eliminating the stress of in-person work and social interactions may seem nearly impossible.

Still, there are some basic steps you can take to help make the transition as seamless as possible.

Returning to the office

Be prepared for any changes to your workplace’s health and safety procedures. As there will be changes made to workplace operations and, most likely, safety practices, make sure to be aware of what you should expect. In addition, here are some steps you can take to prepare:

  • Plan your commute

  • Arrange which items you’ll keep at your workstation

  • Expect new technology in the office

  • Keep an open line of communication

  • Know your “why” for returning

  • Focus on the positives

  • Anticipate distractions

Remember not to overwhelm yourself when returning to the office. Ease your way back into it, whether you are starting in a hybrid type of work schedule or coming back to the workplace full time. Also, focus on the exciting things you are going to do following the pandemic, both in the office and out of it.

Working a hybrid schedule

Hybrid work environments have become popular due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are new to a hybrid schedule, having a combination of in-office and out-of-office work can help you retain some flexibility, but it can also be difficult and stressful to navigate. It’s important to establish a routine that works best for you.

Here are some tips geared toward helping you get into an efficient routine when working a hybrid schedule:

  • Establish consistent working hours

  • Bring your favorite items from home into the office

  • Keep an open line of communication with your manager

  • Try to interact with your team as much as possible

  • Set daily priorities and goals that are achievable

  • Prepare to be adaptable

As you begin to see your peers and co-workers in person again, it’s important to let your manager know if your office’s implementation of hybrid work schedules is causing you to feel stressed or concerned. This process may be new for most people and could take some getting used to.

Reported with a permission from GTM (

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