After a long period of lockdown, some of us are finally allowed to get back to work. Some even secured a completely new role during a pandemic! It will not be easy to start working again if you have been on furlough or unemployed for a while. Most of us have had to adjust to a new lifestyle in March and April, and now we must do it all again.
Here are 5 tips to help you through your transition period.
1. Set your alarm early the week before you start
It’s likely you have been enjoying lockdown with some extra sleep, which might mean you will have to get used to the early alarm clock again. To soften the impact, set your alarm as close to your new wake-up time as possible in the period leading up to your start date, this will make it easier for you to adjust.
After a long period of social distancing and/or isolation it might be difficult to communicate as usual again. Try not to avoid conversations and bottle up emotions. The transition period can be difficult and takes some getting used to. Let your colleagues and manager know how you feel and what you are going through. They will most likely understand and will try to help you. If you start working remotely, ensure you have regular video catchups with your manager and colleagues, to help you feel less alone.
3.Keep your workplace safe & clean
With an increased focus on hygiene since the pandemic, you will want to ensure that you and your colleagues feel safe in your working environment. Keep your workspace clean and tidy, practise personal hygiene and social distancing regulations. When everyone feels safe and comfortable, they are more likely to be better at their jobs.
4.Take advantage of your breaks
In a previous job you may have worked extra hours in the morning, evenings and through your lunch breaks and you might usually be keen to work extra to get the job done, however when adjusting to a new role, ensure you put some time aside for yourself. Go for a walk during your lunch and spend the evenings with your loved ones, this will make the transition feel smoother. Especially if you are working from home, it’s important to take breaks and do some physical activity, which is especially good if you are dealing with mental strain.
5. Establish a routine
You have had a specific working routine before the pandemic – exercising after work, preparing your lunch, grabbing a coffee on the way to work. Remind yourself of the things that made your life better before the pandemic and add these back into your routine. On the other hand, there might have been some positive aspects of being at home for a long period. There may have been some activities that you changed during the lockdown, for example, long walks in the park. Grab the best of both periods and add them to your new routine for improved work experience.
Without a doubt, it will take some time to get used to a new working life again. However, remember to take care of yourself and your colleagues, ensure you are keeping mentally and physically healthy and always let others know what you are going through. Before you know it, this will feel as if you have been doing it forever, and if done correctly, you might even enjoy work much more.