How To Prepare To Get Back To The Office
HOW TO PREPARE TO GET BACK TO THE OFFICE
We’ll soon be entering Phase 1 of the Post-Circuit Breaker. Most restrictions will continue to be in place during this period yes, but hey! Look on the bright side, we’re inching closer to the day we will see our friends, when we can dine at our favourite restaurants, workout at the gym and hang out at the beach.
Life has been very different for the past 2 months. Similar to how we initially struggled to get into the groove of working from home, we may now require quite a transition back to the pre-circuit breaker routine. We recommend not leaving it to the night before to physically and mentally prepare yourself. Start implementing some simple changes.
STOP WEARING PAJAMAS DURING WORK HOURS
We get it, home clothes when you are at home, because why not? It’s comfortable and there’s no need to dress to impress. That’s about to end. We highly recommend you to start dressing up as per how you would when you’re back in the office ideally one week before heading back, so you mentally get accustomed to the preparation routine in the morning, and physically get used to the feeling of wearing clothes that aren’t meant for lounging on the couch.
Need help guys? Get inspiration or some tips from our “Back To Work Winning Wardrobe” article.
START WAKING UP EARLIER
We’ve heard of some who roll out of bed just 10 minutes before a zoom meeting or the official work hour when working from home. Naturally, if you start practicing working from home in your office get-up, you will need to wake up earlier. Don’t forget, you will need to take into consideration the time needed to commute to the office as well. Slowly adjust your alarm till you’re waking up at the same time pre-Circuit Breaker. Similarly, adjust your sleep schedules and quit staying up late. We cannot stress how important it is to start practicing this early.
FINISH YOUR CHORES IN TIME
Working from home allows us to sneak out a little time to complete our chores or grocery shop in the afternoon. We may lose the freedom to do so once office-life kicks back. Start planning and completing these chores out of work hours so you will not face chaos due to this change in schedule.
UNDERSTAND THE MEASURES YOUR COMPANY HAS PUT IN PLACE
It’s not all back to business, it’s safe to say that workplaces will never be the same post Circuit Breaker. Your company would have a set of Safe Management Measures to ensure a safe working environment. These are likely to include staggered work hours, fixed lunch time, the need to wear a mask at all times etc. Be sure to understand from your Human Resource team or the Management the full set of measures to mentally prepare yourself to adapt to these new protocols.
At the end of the day, the key is to make a gradual transition of getting used to a new routine. Being prepared for an upcoming change will eliminate unnecessary stress.