The last year and a half has been one full of uncertainty and changes. The pandemic has brought upheaval to virtually every area of life across the globe, and like many others, this means your work life most likely changed as well. As vaccinations increase and the virus begins to wane, many will be returning to the office. In many fields, virtual work is not effective or possible, and you may be working in-person soon. As you can imagine, post-pandemic office work could be very different.
Workspaces may be spread out, and offices may implement policies that will limit close contact. You could be restricted in what you can bring from home and take home with you. Depending on the nature of your work, you may be doing everything exclusively online, even if you are working in the office.
You may also find that workplaces will implement rolling schedules. You could alternate days you work in the office and virtually from home, or your employer could stagger who is in the office in other ways. There may be a shifting in teams and new strategies for how you will work with your team members.
For at least a few months, changes could be part of the norm. Your employer may experiment with different strategies to find out what works best for your workplace. If you have to go back, it will be crucial to be flexible and willing to adjust accordingly. You are not the only one who will be dealing with changes, and flexibility is key.
You may be looking forward to returning to the workplace, or you could be dreading in-person work after a year of doing your job virtually. It will be helpful to remember that while this is a step toward normalcy, it could be awhile before things feel truly normal. In the meantime, patience and flexibility is key.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC