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Returning to Work During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Returning to work is never easy.

Whether it’s after a day off, a vacation, or coming back after being ill–going back to work conjures up a mixed bag of feelings for most folks.

During COVID-19, many employees have had an extended time off, either on their own accord or as dictated by their organization.

Going back to work, is not easy. But there are a few things you can do to help ease the path back.

Get Your Zzzzzzzs
Sleep. It’s been widely reported that many people have had their sleep interrupted during these stressful times. It is important to get back on track before it is time to return to the office. Getting yourself on a regular schedule is helpful for many reasons, but most importantly, it will help ensure that you are well-rested to do your job safely and effectively.

Hydration. We all know that we need water to live. However, many people do not drink the recommended 64-ounces a day. Taking in water became even more difficult over the past two months, while we were all juggling so many things at home. The simple act of staying hydrated fell to the wayside. Give your body the love it needs when it comes to water. This will keep your energy, cognitive abilities, and recuperative powers at their peak.

Chill Out
Anxiety. Stress seems to be at an all-time high for so many people. (Keep in mind that the aforementioned sleep and hydration will help!) Have you talked to anyone lately about your feelings? Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, or a therapist, getting those feelings out can be a freeing purge. Also, guided meditation is not just reserved for court Buddhist monks! Consider a daily practice to help you cope with the difficulties that everyday life throws us.

Tech Talk
Technology. Are you caught up with the latest technological changes at the workplace? Check with your supervisor and employer to see if anything new has been deployed so that you have an optimal comfort level. From the way forklifts operate to the systems you use to punch in/out of work, the digital landscape always marches on.

The 411
Policy changes.Much like the technological aspect, you will want to completely understand what is expected from you when you return to work. Will there be a daily temperature check? A form you need to fill out on a weekly basis? Make sure you have read the latest human resources information so that you are not caught off guard.This includes any social distancing/mask-wearing policy your company has put into place.

Ask Questions
Your company will undoubtedly have questions for you before you return to work–but do you have any questions for them? For instance, have they conducted a hazard assessment that is OSHA compliant? Does COVID-19 currently impact any active employees? Make sure the dialogue runs both ways.

Change is our one constant, but that doesn’t always make it easy. Returning to work is a challenge, but hopefully, with these tips in your back pocket, you are up to the task. Work smartly and safely!

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