As vaccination numbers increase, more companies are opting to slowly bring back their employees to the office. The past year has been tough for everyone, but one perk has been the ability for many employees to work from home. It goes without saying how much more productive your day is when you can throw in a load of laundry in between calls or take a brisk walk around your neighborhood (with or without Fido!) on your lunch break. People are feeling as though they can work harder without sacrificing their personal life – and that is a welcomed change! So how do we feel about potentially going back into the office now?
Take some time to figure out what it will take to make your life feel more balanced. Maybe that means one or two days working from home so you skip on the commute and feel productive with your home responsibilities. Make sure to communicate your idea or solution to your boss in a professional and respectful manner. If you are feeling overworked and overwhelmed, think about how to communicate some ideas to your boss to get you feeling back to normal. Maybe you will need to reduce the number of meetings throughout the day so you can focus on your own workload, or maybe you can work-from-home an extra day temporarily until you are feeling better. Whatever route you go, be prepared to provide your boss with solutions and ideas rather than just saying you are unhappy about coming back to the office. Employers understand how complicated this situation is, and if we all work together, then everyone wins! Give your employer a chance to help you rather than just jumping ship. Employers will do whatever is humanly possible to keep their best employees!