BLUFReturning to the workplace after periods of remote work can cause anxiety; however, understanding the psychology behind this anxiety can make the transition easier.
After more than a year of lockdowns, returning to the office, even after short periods of working remotely, can cause anxiety. In this article, Alison Boyes makes the following points:
- Transitions naturally tend to increase our anticipatory anxiety.
- Whenever you’ve avoided something, you’ll feel anxious about returning to it.
- Some may feel anxious about making small talk or managing other people’s personalities at work.
- Social relationships and boundaries may have changed.
- People’s circumstances and natures are now different, so your perspective won’t be identical to someone else’s.
- People will have different insights about working from home compared to going into work each day.
- Managers should be acutely aware of the difficulties of transitioning back into the office and the new insights people can bring into the workplace.
- Returning remote workers can be reassured by this article that there are difficulties in transitioning, and others might also share feelings of anxiety.
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