How to Transition Back to the Office Post-Pandemic

Re-enter the workplace after working virtually through Covid

A lot of my clients lately have been asking me how to navigate the transition back to the office post-pandemic.

Now that things are starting to open up again, many folks are moving from working virtually to heading back into the office.

In this short blog, I’m going to share four of the questions I’ve been hearing come up often for my mentees and 1:1 clients and how to handle the changes that re-entering the workplace IRL (in real life) can bring.

How do you keep your healthy routines when transitioning back to the office?

Many of my clients have built healthier routines while working from home. They have more time, thanks to less of a commute, and have focused more on sleep, eating healthier foods, exercising, and overall better lifestyles.

My first piece of advice to transitioning back in person is to start with a plan in place for maintaining your healthy routines.

  • Start your bedtime routine earlier so you can get the sleep you need

  • Take time on Sundays to plan your meals for at least four days of the week

  • Plan your workout times and set out everything you need the night before

When you plan ahead, you set yourself up for success and your new routines will quickly become habits that you don’t even need to think about.

What do you do if you’re afraid to catch Covid when headed back to work?

I can assure you that worrying about catching Covid (or any disease for that matter), isn’t going to do anything to prevent you from getting it. In fact, worry and stress are shown to suppress the immune system. Set yourself up for success by choosing to make smart decisions to minimize your exposure and take the precautions that are right for you.

Stay as healthy as you can and keep your wellness plan in focus. Do your research so you understand how to care for yourself if you do get it and how to ensure you’re keeping other coworkers and your family safe.

What to do if you’re worried about getting caught up in the negative office talk?