Tips For Transitioning From Remote Work

As many jobs are slowly beginning to transition back to modified in-person work, it can be challenging to know how to transition back well. Here are three tips to help make the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible.

  1. Expect change. If you return to work expecting everything to look like it did pre-covid, you will likely end up frustrated, and all of your energy will be focused on returning to “normal.” However, if you decide before you even begin work that things will be different, you will have a positive mindset and your energy can be spent on making the best possible scenario out of what your new normal looks like. For instance, perhaps your workplace mandates extra space in between employees. Instead of being frustrated at this change, choose to be grateful for the space to allow you to focus and not become distracted. If you are only allowed to come to your work in-person a limited amount of times per week, choose to be grateful for the extra time to be around your kiddos on the days you’re working from home. By realizing that there will be change in your workplace, you will set yourself up for success as you enter with a mindset of mobility and growth.
  2. Be flexible. Just as your job location is shifting, your job duties may change. Maybe you now have to format online content for your job, or perhaps you have to utilize telepractice and see patients via an online platform. Whatever the details of your job, choose to be flexible and agreeable to unexpected changes that might come. With that in mind, also choose to be open and honest. If there is a new aspect of your job that feels uncomfortable, or if you are unsure how to execute a new directive, don’t hesitate to politely ask for help. By confidently asking for help with things you don’t know and by choosing to step into new areas of your job with an open mind, you will help to keep your company running and relevant in an ever-changing society.
  3. Give plenty of slack to everyone, including yourself. In addition to expecting overall change, be prepared for daily changes. If one idea doesn’t work well on Monday, your manager may change things for Tuesday. By realizing that nobody truly knows how to handle a global pandemic and most people are doing their best to adjust, you will be cultivating a mindset of grace and growth. As you’re extending grace to others, don’t forget yourself! This is yet another adjustment that you’re experiencing, and transitions are tiring and tricky. Take time for yourself to breathe, and don’t expect yourself to be at the same work performance level you were at before these transitions. By extending freedom to others and yourself, you will cultivate a collaborative community that is focused on growing better together, instead of a community full of comparison and frustration.

Transitioning from remote work to modified in-person work is a challenge, but utilizing these three tips will enable you to tackle this challenge head-on. Through expecting change, being flexible each day, and extending and receiving grace, you will be well on your way to a smooth workplace transition.

By Carissa Joy Burns

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