As the COVID-19 situation improves in WA, many of us are thinking about returning to work or increasing our hours. Meanwhile many workforces which switched to remote work are now considering a return to the office.
To help make this process simpler and less stressful, here are some tips to ensure a smooth and safe transition.
Find out about changes in your workplace
The first step to getting back into work is to find out what’s changed since you last worked. There may be new work policies, safety procedures, and other things to consider.
If you haven’t received communications from your work then we recommend getting in touch and finding out what you should prepare for.
Discuss your needs
We are all living in unique circumstances and may require changes to our work situation. Make sure to let your employer know if you are ready to return to work, what support you might need, and if they can offer you flexible arrangements.
This may mean gradually increasing your workload or alternating between working at the office and at home.
Keep to a routine
A large part of getting back into the swing of work is to structure your day. To help you adjust, you can start by setting the alarm and getting up at the time you usually do for work.
You can also introduce set times for certain tasks, like eating a meal, doing chores, or spending time with others, and stick by it. It may appear minimal but it’s effective in getting you back into a regular routine.
And finally, whether you’re at home, outside, or at work, you should always practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene.
When you’re in the workplace make sure to sanitise your hands regularly, especially in high touch areas, clean up after yourself, and keep a safe distance from others.
We understand that these remain uncertain times for many. If you’re worried about returning to work then you should talk to your manager about how you feel. Returning to regular work will take time, so it’s important to get support to adjust to these changes.
For further information on how we support people with disability in the community and at work, contact us today.