As we start to return to work, there is a lot to think about. Lockdown has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds.
A recent survey by Skill Cast (the compliance e-learning specialists) was carried out to find UK workers expectations around returning to their offices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study found that there is much unease surrounding return to work. Highlights from this study, include:
- Only 23% of those who started WFH during the pandemic want to go back to working mainly in the office
- 14% want to mainly WFH in the future – and if they were able to do so, that would double the number of remote-workers in the UK
- 1% would like to work 2 days or more at home in the future
Many people feel confused, worried, and apprehensive about going back to the workplace. Organisations will be considering a range of adjustments to the way work is done, to comply with government recommendations. These adjustments will depend on your job, and your individual circumstances. Everyone’s situation is unique. However, as you approach your return to work, there are some general principles that will give you the best chance of getting back to work and staying mentally healthy over the coming months.
Talk and connect. It is important to keep in touch with colleagues and your line manager. You do not need to talk about work, but a quick check-in will help you feel connected. We have all been impacted by the coronavirus in different ways.
- How will you get to work?
- Will anything be different as you enter the building?
- Who will be there?
- Will you need to do things differently to get your job done?
It is important to have regular check-ins with yourself (How am I coping? Could I do more to help stay mentally healthy?) and check-ins with your team and manager (How are we working? Is there anything we could do differently to work better together?). This way you can address issues as they come up and start to plan and prepare for the journey through COVID-19 together.
Finally, Everyone is finding their own path and things might not always go to plan. It is important to be kind to yourself and to be kind to others as we all find our way.