What if I Don’t Want to Go Back to the Office?

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many companies took the safe approach and started allowing employees to work from home for the foreseeable future. If you’re one of those employees, you’ve probably gotten used to your daily routine working remotely. And no one can blame you — it definitely has its advantages. In fact, it’s a safe bet you’d prefer not to go back to the office when this is all over!

Now that things are starting to reopen to some extent, including offices, what can you do?  

Ask about alternative scheduling options.  

As employees have become attuned to the advantages of working from home, companies have realized that things might never be quite the same. Some companies have implemented alternative scheduling and/or working options as employees return to the office. These include working from home part of the week or on certain days or staggering employee shifts to reduce the physical number of employees in the office at one time.  

Ask your employer if any kind of alternative options exist for you and take advantage of them if they do. This is especially important and helpful for those with children at home doing online schooling, or for those with older parents or immunocompromised family members who live with them.  

Find out what safety protocols are in place in the office. 

For many employees, going back to the office proves quite anxiety-inducing because of fears of gathering in large groups or touching a lot of surfaces throughout the day. And if your company isn’t taking the situation seriously enough, going back to the physical office could mean putting yourself at risk. Make sure you’re aware of the safety protocols that will be in place by the time you return to the office. If you’re not comfortable with what you’re hearing, tell your employer and see if something can be arranged. A company that truly cares about its employees will take your concerns seriously.  

Remember that in-office work has its advantages, too.  

If you don’t have a choice in the matter and will be returning to the office soon, try to look on the bright side. Working in-office has its advantages, just like working from home does. Some teams work better when people are together physically, and you’ll have more of a chance to make a good impression on your boss. As long as the proper safety measures are in place and you feel comfortable, returning to the office probably won’t be as bad as you think.  

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