Over the winter months, my spouse started a new job. It was actually great for me, since I work in our shared home office and I was happy about having my space back to myself! As a change consultant, I work primarily from home, and there is something about having a nice quiet place to be. Over the years I’ve gotten used to having this quiet space just for me!
My spouse obviously felt the same, he couldn’t get out of here fast enough. His first week coincided with the first attempt at his company to entice people back to the office. On his first day, he walked in through the big revolving glass doors and was confronted with tables full of cupcakes and not a soul in sight. When he got home and told me about it I said: “It’s going to take a lot more than cupcakes”. (they haven’t hired me as a consultant, but I could have at least saved them that expense!)
Here we are. Sept 1st 2022, after 2 and a half long pandemic years, summer vacations and what finally felt like a break, we’re back to “school”. Well, for some folks, they never left, but I digress. Companies and their people are now facing the reality of new corporate policies around flex work and remote, and for many organizations that means, back to the office in many ways.
If you’re dreading back to the office this fall, you’re not alone. Part of why this is so hard is that we’ve developed great routines after 2 years, we don’t want to get kicked out of our comfort zones and we’ve adapted. Do you remember what it felt like in March 2020 when you had to stay home? We were feeling scared and uncomfortable! Staying home felt like a punishment. But now, (for work at least) there’s no place we’d rather be.
So how can we make this change easier for ourselves? Here are 5 things you can do from the perspective of a change expert:
I’m curious to know, what other tips would you add to this list? And how is the transition going for you?