The year 2020 was a year of many disruptions, people were faced unanticipated changes across the world and these changes affected many areas of our lives, including work as we used to know it. Prior to the Covid-19 spread, who would have believed that companies in Nigeria can actually enforce a remote work policy?
Well, many thanks to Covid-19, most companies had to do this and this has continued for a while now. However, we are beginning to see some companies call back their staff to onsite work. Now, if you are like me who has worked remotely for over a year and loved it, the idea of returning to onsite work would be displeasing (don’t judge me).
Anyways, look who is back to onsite work (inserts upside-down face emoji). Yass, your girl is back to onsite work and she’s trying to get acclimatized to her new way of working. In my typical fashion when I’m trying to learn something new, I visited Google to get tips on how to transition from remote to onsite work and I found a few tips which I want to share with you (infused with my own thoughts of course).
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So, if your company is looking to transition to onsite work, or if you are looking to personally infuse onsite work into your remote work lifestyle, this post definitely has a lesson or two for you.
Tips on how to transition from remote to onsite work:
- Prepare ahead: Yass fam, a transition from remote work to onsite work requires a lotta preparation, talmabout mental preparation – dealing with traffic, getting used to waking up earlier than usual, etc. How about physical preparation – thinking about what to wear, what to eat, necessary cash/funds, etc. These and more are the preparations you have to put in place as you prepare to transition to onsite work.
- Have a daily task list and prioritize your tasks: Having a to-do list helps to put you on track and guides you as you go about the day’s tasks. Write out your list before you head out or immediately you arrive at work.
- Negotiate flexible working hours: Yass, as much as you are required to work onsite, you can still negotiate some days of remote work or an earlier closing time. Think about what is important to you and then negotiate that with your boss.
- Don’t expect it to be a fully smooth transition: Prepare yourself for a bumpy ride, especially at the start. You may get tired easily, or not find it comfortable working from a regular table and desk. However, look at the bright side so you can overcome whatever challenges come your way.
- So, find a suitable working position – lounge chairs (if available), bring a throw pillow for your office seat, etc. Make yourself comfortable at work.
- Finally, leverage networking: Working from the office affords you the opportunity to connect with your colleagues more, forge new relationships, and be in your boss’s face (you know it fam, KPIs are a thing).
- I almost forgot to mention that you get to take a lot more pictures. Yasss to this (inserts dancing emoji).
So, have you learned a lesson or two? What other tips would you like to share? Do share with me in the comment section.