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What Do Employees Want When They Return to the Office?

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What do employees want in return, if they have to head back to the office? It’s easy to assume we know what they want due to a dangerous judgment error termed the false consensus effect. This problematic mental blind spot causes us to perceive others who we feel to be in our team as […]

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4 Tips to Address Back to Work Anxiety By a Psychologist

This is a difficult time for everyone. It is difficult for employees thinking about getting back to in-person office work. But it’s also difficult for managers, businesses and for employers as they try to kind of figure out the logistics of this new normal.

Co-workers and managers need to understand that some people may still struggle with the uncertainty of the pandemic. The fears of the virus or simply seeing co-workers again after being isolated away from physical contact with each other for several months.

While this is not an exhaustive list, the 4 tips below can be a good place to start as everyone works to address their back to work anxiety.

Start slowly

If you haven’t been out much the past year, you should slowly and safely start doing so. If it’s really intimidating, do so in off-hours when maybe the traffic won’t be quite so high. At that period of the day, you have an opportunity to explore and just be in the world again.

See the positive and bright side

Going back to the office could actually be a good thing to many. We are designed for interactions and scheduled close work proximity can help in the delivery of certain assignments.

Basic self care is first care

Make sure to take care of yourself and start with the basics. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise and connect with others, virtually and face-to-face. Gradually expand your safety bubble of people you feel safe to interact with without fear of the virus.

Seek professional support

If you need more help, talk to a professional. Act, talk to your manager about your concerns, engage with your human resource to understand any new policy in place and to know what type of support is going to be available. Determine to remove all possible barriers to a healthy career; seek other professional help, for example, to address mental health concerns.

This is also a good time for employers to be asking not dictating: what do employees want when they return to the office?



No One Wants To Work Too Much. So Why Do We Do It?

Many people have an inaccurate beliefs about their workload. Here are a few pointers to address this.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Get more done in the same amount of time by learning to work more efficiently. Better manage distractions and attention seeking activities. Learning a comprehensive workflow management system is another way to get more done in less time. 

Ultimately your own work-life balance is completely up to you. No one can “give you” better balance. You have to take it.

Question Assumptions

Stop thinking that other people expect you to be available all the time. Also, trying to conform to the expectations that other people have for you is exhausting and ultimately futile.

You Have a Habit of Distraction

Your most important resources are not your time or your money or even your attention. Your most important resources are your body and your mind.

Manage checking your communication channels during workday every 1-3 minutes. Else, you get conditioned and wont be able to “shut it off,” workday, work week or at your personal time.

You Have Control

Studies show that a boss’s work-life balance is an important factor in the work-life balance of their employees, and that if all better utilize downtimes, everyone will likely to be physically and emotionally healthier.

Recommended: The Third Space according to Adam Fraser is the transitional gap in between what we do. It’s not what we do, it’s what we do in between what we do that is most important.


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