Today officially marks ‘Freedom Day’ in Sydney, as we leave lockdown after a mammoth 107 days of staying at home. For a lot of us, this meant working from home for 15 weeks. 15 weeks of Zoom calls, phone calls, and trying our best to keep on top of working remotely. For others it meant putting their job on hold, as they were no longer able to work at all. No matter what your work situation was for the past 15 weeks, it is undoubtedly going to feel a little weird returning to work in-person after such a long period of doing things differently. We’ve put together the top tips for preparing to return to work after lockdown lift.
Tip 1. Make communication a priority
There will likely be some confusion about when the return-to-work is happening and how it will all work. Stay in regular communication with your employer via Zoom and phone calls to make sure you have a super clear idea of what your work’s return-to-work plan is. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have, such as whether your vaccination status will affect your return to work. During this time, keep communication lines open and make sure any questions you have are appropriately answered.
Tip 2. Ensure your workplace is COVID safe
You may have reservations about returning to work while COVID-19 cases are still present in the community. Thankfully, vaccinations have dramatically decreased risks involved with COVID, and there are measures workplaces can take to keep their staff safe. COVID-19 safe practises in the workplace include maintaining physical distancing, practising good personal hygiene, and ensuring the regular cleaning of common spaces. Ask your employer about their COVID-safe plan and what you can do to keep safe and healthy in the workplace. You may also want to reduce the risk of spreading potential disease by opting out of using hot desks and avoiding common spaces in the workplace if they become overly crowded.
Tip 3. Be patient with yourself and others
The past 15 weeks have been hard on everyone, and all of us would have certainly faced our own individual struggles during the lockdown. Many would have been home schooling while working from home, while others may not have worked for quite a while. Take some time to reconnect with each of your co-workers on the return to work and touch base on how they have been going during lockdown. It’s also a good idea to reach out for support from your employer if you need any training to refresh, or help getting back into a work routine.
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