Returning to Work Post-Pandemic: Preparing for a Smooth Transition

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After more than a year of working from home for many professionals, it is now time for some of us to start preparing for a daily commute and workdays spent outside of the home. With vaccinations at full speed and many counties starting to open up, some are experiencing mixed emotions about going back into the office again. It’s okay and completely normal to feel a little confused and anxious about returning to the workplace. We’ve put together some tips to help you feel more prepared about the next transition.

Tips to feel more prepared when returning to the office:

  1. Keep communication lines open
    If you have questions or concerns, just ask. It’s okay to express your concerns to your employer to ensure that the workplace environment is set up to be safe and secure for you. This will foster trust and give your employer a chance to explain the changes they’ve implemented to keep employees as safe as possible.
  2. Focus on your mental health
    It’s important to express your emotions and focus on your mental health. This is key if you are stressed and your sleep, for example, is being compromised. Take the time to focus on yourself by going on walks, doing yoga, or other activities that can boost your mental health. You can also take this time to mentally prepare for getting back to the office. For more tips, check out our post on mental wellness here.
  3. Plan your new routine
    It might be a good idea to plan out and prepare for your new routine. Whether it’s taking the extra time the night before to pick out your outfits or making sure your family’s schedules are in sync, having a good routine in place will help you stay calm and focused as you start getting used to this change.
  4. Review safety protocols and guidelines
    Looking over all the safety protocols put in place will be helpful for you to prepare to return to work in the office. Every workplace will have different rules and regulations, so take the time to look over what the next steps are and what you need to do to ensure a safe and comfortable return. If you do not see any guidelines, reach out to your manager or HR for updates.

If you were laid off because of the pandemic, here are some steps you can take to get back out there with confidence:

  1. Revamp your resume
    Take charge of your job hunt by updating your resume. Incorporate everything you have been doing including new certifications or contract work you might have taken up after you lost your job due to the pandemic. Put your creativity to use and tailor your resume for your industry to highlight your skills and achievements. Check out our tips for building a great resume here.
  2. Practice your interviewing skills
    Interviewing is usually the most nerve-racking part of the job hunt process, but it doesn’t have to be! If you have reached this round (congratulations!), do a lot of research on the company, and look up some interview tips like this infographic, to prepare and build your confidence for the day of the interview.
  3. Seek out industry recruiters
    Recruiters are here to help! Working with a recruitment company will help you match with employers of your choice that are looking for talent with your skills and ambitions. Your recruiter will be on the lookout for the positions you pursue, making it a lot more efficient when seeking potential roles that fit your interests and skills.
  4. Optimize your social media
    Take the time to clean up your professional social media presence – especially your LinkedIn profile. Reach out to former employers, supervisors and coworkers for recommendations to add to your profile and use the proper keywords to attract recruiters to your profile. Here are some tips on how you can optimize your profile.
  5. Reach out to your network
    Now is a great time to reach out to your connections and other people in your network to seek out any job opportunities. This will create a snowball effect of your connections reaching out to their connections for you and maybe even connect you with potential employers.

The pandemic has hit all of us in many ways and we’re all trying to be prepared and figure out our next steps when it comes to our career. Whether you’re looking for a new job or trying to sharpen your skillset, continue to seek out the necessary tools and resources to help you navigate through your career journey.