With COVID-19 cases at a record low since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, many businesses are calling their work-from-home employees back to the office. The change can be jarring after months of working at your computer in your pajamas and not having much face-to-face time with coworkers or customers.

Here are some tips to avoid burnout and make the shift back to the office easier after working from home.

Take Frequent Breaks

If you’ve been working from home for an extended period of time, you’re likely used to taking smaller “micro” breaks throughout the day versus two fifteen-minute breaks and an hour lunch like you might in an office environment.

If you go back to work and try to hammer out long shifts right away without breaks, you’ll get exhausted quickly. Try to ease yourself back into it slowly and ideally, you can find middle ground.

Go Home for Lunch

If you can go home for lunch during the day, this is a great way to transition back to the office by breaking up your shift and putting you back in your familiar environment for a short period. If you aren’t able to go home for lunch, consider having lunch in your car or at least away from the office. This helps you to break away and reset before taking on the second portion of your day.  

Keep Healthy Snacks and Drinks on Hand  

When working from home, you generally have a lot more freedom to get up and get a bite to eat or refill your water glass whenever you need to. This may be more difficult in the office, or you simply may get sidetracked and forget.

Keep a basket by your desk with nutritious, healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit, granola, and protein bars. If your office has a refrigerator, keep cold drinks like seltzers, juices, and flavored water on hand. These can help you stay powered up throughout the day without losing energy before 5:00 p.m.

Don’t Exhaust Yourself Socially

Even if you’re an extroverted person, a year plus of working from home can make too much social interaction exhausting. You may be tempted to chat with coworkers during the day or let customer conversations drag on too long, just because you haven’t had the opportunity to engage with another person in such a manner for an extended time.

While getting back to social activities with coworkers is healthy, it’s important not to exhaust yourself too quickly. Your capacity for social interaction may have diminished some during the pandemic and you may need to recharge more frequently at first. Don’t overschedule yourself with after-work get-togethers too soon after going back to the office. Allow yourself time to adjust to being more social again.

Set Aside Time for Additional Training

Being out of the office for so long during the pandemic may have left your skills a bit rusty. Be sure to set aside some time for training to bring yourself back up to speed. Ideally, training will be flexible enough that you can do it anytime, from anywhere. This allows you to focus on work while at the office and train when you have more off time.

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