Without discrimination, for three years the pandemic made us shut our doors to the world outside and without an option, we adjusted and adapted to what was the ‘New Normal’. The definite lines between office and home had blurred and most of us found ourselves handling calls, attending meetings, completing projects, and more, on the couch and in the comfort of our PJs. And just like that, most of us became pros in the art of balancing work and home life. Those who enjoy working surrounded by family, kids, pets, etc., find this sense of order and balance comforting.
For many, this lifestyle came as a blessing in disguise, but it hasn’t been easy for the rest to adapt.
However, most organizations are reopening their spaces where the Novel virus seems to have calmed down significantly. Though it is a welcome move for those raring to kick start their social life, the mere thought of leaving the comfort of working from home and returning to the office can make those people who had settled into their comfort zone, anxious and stressed. The feeling of losing the balance and restricting homely affairs and other activities to the weekend can be a transition that seems complicated and unnecessary. After all, work was getting delivered on time while working from home too, wasn’t it?
Well, it was, but the hard truth is that one day, most of us would eventually have to return to a working environment. Fortunately, as uneasiness and resistance to change is part of our existence, we have you covered and can help you get back on track with a few simple pointers.
Setting an early alarm, re-adjusting your schedule, the commute to work, and the sudden interactions with a larger group of people can all be daunting and emotionally taxing. In that regard, working from home undoubtedly provides us the flexibility and comfort that is not easy to let go of.
However, a professional environment comes with its benefits. The ability to focus, hone one’s social skills, and establish firm connections can change for the better and your productivity automatically takes an upward turn. An office can also take you away from working in a silo and the loneliness that one may feel at home and draw a clearer line between office and home. It would also test your capability to evolve and adapt to changing times, dedication to work, and professionalism.
All said and done, people respond differently to transition and change. Keep the guilt-ridden feelings aside if you don’t feel enthusiastic just yet to go to the office. Remind yourself that it is okay to take your time to again get used to what was once ‘normal’. This will eventually become part of life, and everything will fall into place just like the way it should.