The positives of returning to work
The last year or so has been a learning curve for all. We switched Offices, for front rooms and daily commutes to a short walk downstairs, due to the national lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the UK now navigates getting back to normal, people all over the UK are returning to work and going back to the office, and this process can be a daunting thought, but its time to discover the positives of returning to work.
The transition back to the office does not have to be anxiety-inducing , and studies show that getting back to the hustle and bustle of a workplace can be a positive experience.
Look on the bright side of returning to work..
You may have once dreaded the 7 am alarm, and the hour commute to the office, but after spending over a year in lockdown these morning routines may be what you need to get a sense of normality.
The following are a few important things to remember and consider when you transition back to the workplace…
1. Being in an office environment can encourage productivity
I’m not sure about you, but I know that working from home can be challenging. Having constant distractions and home comforts can be tough. Going back to the office can give you the refresh you need to be back on the ball and get your daily tasks done.
Going back to the workplace can also be productive as the resources you need are all there. If you have issues with any hardware, the IT department is in the same building as you, and if you need any equipment, it will be a stone’s throw away. See this as a positive and a reason to be happy about returning to the office.
2. Interacting with others can be uplifting
Is there anything better than going to work and having a catch up with your colleagues? The camaraderie of a workplace has been something many have missed whilst working from home.
Being able to go into the office and converse with like-minded individuals can be super uplifting. Face-to-Face communication can positively affect your mental health. Particularly for individuals who may not communicate with others much in their daily life.
3. Work is good for you!
Believe it or not, studies suggest that work is good for your mental and physical health.
It might have been exciting in the first few months of working from home, but after the novelty wears off it can be lonely, un-motivating and repetitive to work in the confines of your home daily.
There is a strong evidence base showing that work is generally good for physical and mental health and well-being. Worklessness is associated with poorer physical and mental health and well-being. Work can be therapeutic and can reverse the adverse health effects of unemployment.Studies done by Gordon Waddell, A Kim Burton
4. No more technical faults
Working from home has been testing at times, but returning to the office see’s the return of face to face meetings, conferences, and in house conversations.
One big factor which will be a relief to many when returning to the office is being able to conduct meetings face to face, as connection is not always guaranteed when working from home. Being able to schedule group meetings (of course, covid friendly ones!) will be a great factor of office-based working.
Face-to-face meetings are much easier to convey a message and communicate back and forth with colleagues. Virtual meetings sometimes include long pauses, awkward silences and bad connection.
Ease into the process
It may take a minute to get back to the swing of things in the office, but ultimately it is a positive experience that should be exciting and a welcome change. This is an opportunity to introduce routine and structure back into your working day.
Remember to embrace the new COVID safety guidelines implemented by your workplace. These may include more spread out workstations, a surge in hand sanitiser and a different more secluded break space. These things will be put in place to ensure your return to work is as safe and smooth as possible.