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July 02, 2020

Going Back to the Office After Working from Home


As many professionals across the country start returning to the office, we all must prepare to transition out of our work from home habits and get back into our usual work routine. While it will still be a while before we are splitting a morning bagel or going out for happy hours, being back in the office will help many professionals feel a return to normalcy after months of social distancing. However, it is important to make sure you are fully prepared before heading back to the office. Below are four things you must think about before your first day back in the office.

Familiarize yourself with your company’s health policies

While it is important to know what practices your state’s government has required businesses to follow when reopening, it is imperative to also understand how those procedures will be implemented in your office specifically. Read all materials provided by your employer before you return to the office and if you have any questions or concerns, make sure to ask your supervisor. Being fully prepared is key to ensuring everyone in the office stays healthy.

Get back into your usual morning routine

Even if you have still been starting work at the same time as usual, you have most likely cut out a few steps of your morning routine. Before your first day back in the office, get back into the habit of waking up with enough time to get ready, eat breakfast, and commute to work before the clock strikes 9 am. Then, on your first day, you will not be stressing about getting out the door on time.

Prepare everything you will need the night before

Some parts of your usual routine might need adjusting now that we all need to be more health-conscious. To prevent yourself from forgetting one of the steps you are not used to, prepare as much as you can the night before. Make sure to place an extra face mask and bottle of hand sanitizer in your work bag and take your company’s policies about kitchen spaces into consideration when packing your lunch.

Consider if your commute to work is still best for you

As it has more likely been months since you traveled to the office, do a double-check online of any construction or road closures that could affect your commute. If you take public transportation, review the most up-to-date schedule to ensure you arrive at the office on time. Additionally, if you are hoping to avoid crowded trains or buses, consider taking an earlier ride before rush-hour begins.

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