10 Ways to Thrive in an After-Quarantine Workplace

Written by: Nick Bridwell

When the time comes to head back to work, you won’t be the only one wondering what things will be like once they clock in. You’ve been at home for awhile and getting back to business might take a little adjustment. Here’s our advice on how to thrive in an after-quarantine workplace.

1. Wake Up Early

At home, you have all day to do what you need to do and that can encourage a little extra dozing in the AM. Kick that feeling that all of your personal time is about to be lost by getting up early and making time for the things that matter.

2. Dress the Part

It’s easy to show up to virtual work in nothing but a t-shirt and sweatpants. But how did things look before you left? You can get that “work” feeling back into your system by dressing like you’re going to work. Think about those extra days where you’ve had to pop on a button-down at home because your favorite t-shirts were in the dryer. Didn’t it feel like you were more empowered?

3. Take Stock

Literally, take stock! What tools were you using at home that you need to get back to your office. Once you roll in with the same tech, the same books, the same potted plant that you’ve had longer than your current girlfriend, things will start to feel normal. Or as normal as they can be.

4. Play it Safe

When you go back to work, make sure you feel safe with the precautions that your business has made. If you’re stuck in a small area, are masks allowed and encouraged? Do you have sanitizer available for your hands? Room to breathe?

5. Stay In-Sync

Policies may have changed that you aren’t even aware of yet. Ask for a record of anything that has changed on your team so you can refer back to things you have missed or forgotten in the chaos of isolation.

6. Consider Your Co-workers

Everyone has reacted to the coronavirus in different ways. Some people are more aligned with medical suggestions and might play it safe. Others may take the opposite approach and opt for facial freedom. People are going to be different. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t be people. We’d be robots. And we know what happens when the robots finally take over. It’s pure *^%#@#* chaos!

7. Create New Policies

Everyone has reacted to the coronavirus in different ways. Some people are more aligned with medical suggestions and might play it safe. Others may take the opposite approach and opt for facial freedom. People are going to be different. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t be people. We’d be robots. And we know what happens when the robots finally take over. It’s pure *^%#@#* chaos!

8. Take a Walk

Feeling overwhelmed by the unfamiliar familiarity of getting back to work? After this much time at home, you’re probably going to need space just like everyone else. We’ve spent a couple months now with nobody telling us what to do except our life-partners. Now we have to deal with senior partners! If you need some air, take a walk. Get outside and breathe in some fresh air. You’ve got this!

9. Take it Easy

You know that god Atlas, right? Forced to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders? Don’t take on too much too soon. If you were intended to bear the weight of returning to work on your shoulders, you wouldn’t have coworkers or paid holidays.

10. Use What Worked

A lot of people utilized their time in self-quarantine to center themselves and work on personal growth. If there’s something work-appropriate you found out about yourself that you put to good use at home–bring it into the office! If you improve, your work improves. That’s great for all of us!

We hope these tips help you when the time comes to return to the office. Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Reach out and let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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