Return to Office
October 26, 2021
Natalie McVeigh discusses how employers are urging a return to office, we have several choices and the main one has to do with us and how we preserve our own boundaries and keep what has worked for us—regardless of the change of venue.
Find a way to really take your time at the beginning of the end of the day to prep for that work. Some of my colleagues call this windshield time. When you're behind your car, you can meditate, you can listen to music, you can emotionally prep to start the next piece. The great thing about having a physical work office is, hopefully, we can leave work there. We can feel ready to join our life afterwards.
The other thing that might be really important is keep some of the comfort. My understanding is a lot of workplaces are relaxing some of their attire because they realize that we have more of a casual work environment. If nothing else, if you can find comfortable shoe wear, even if you have to get dressed up, because you can't wear your joggers or sweatpants in the office.
And the most important thing about engaging in return to work is we really missed each other. So, make time for those connections and ensure that they're honest, open and vulnerable. You don't have to small talk saying everything is okay. Share those chat challenges that you're having, learn from others in what's working. And you'll be able to create a routine that's really sustaining, gets you energized and excited to see one another.