Many businesses set October deadline for office return
In August 13.4 percent of the US population were reportedly telecommuting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many employers anticipated their staff to return after Labor Day, but will likely postpone until October or even Spring of next year.
Across the US, 19 percent of workers have already begun to exchange their lounge attire for suits and ties as they head back to the office. Many big companies like Google have already implemented some changes that arose from the pandemic, such as allowing less in-office time and more flexibility.
Office life may not possess the same vibe it once had prior to the pandemic. New things to be aware of are:
- Awkward social interactions
- Inflexible work policies
Awkward social interactions
Many people have had little to no interaction with their coworkers over the course of the last year and a half. Be patient during this adjustment period as many people retrain themselves on the arts of socialization.
Masks were not a things a year and a half ago and neither was social distancing. Expect this to be a new normal when returning to the work force. Maintain 6 feet whenever possible. This includes meeting rooms, routes of entry/exits and any other common gathering areas.
Federal, state, and local governments have pushed to increase the amount of fully vaccinated people in their area. Many states and businesses now require their employees to be vaccinated prior to returning to work. The state of Washington has required state employees, healthcare workers, long-term care workers, and employees in educational settings to be vaccinated at this time.
Inflexible work policies
After telecommuting for the past year and a half, adjusting to being in the office 8 hours a day may be a tough pill to swallow. Some employers may want their employees back in the office 5 days a week, whereas other places have already switched to a hybrid or completely remote environment. Whatever the situation may be, allow some time to adjust to the new changes.