1. Recognise Resistance
Many of us automatically resist change. Change can be associated with fear and a loss of control over our environment, and resistance is a normal human response. In the same way it took employees time to psychologically adjust to being away from the workplace, it may take them time to adjust and re-establish a daily work routine.
2. Acknowledge Emotional Responses
Many employees may experience feelings of fear, sadness, anxiety, anger and even excitement about returning to work. These are normal, human responses to an unusual situation. Acknowledging feelings can be a helpful step in accepting and adjusting to change.
3. Re-engage With Your Colleagues
Encouraging strong work relationships can promote a sense of confidence, optimism and enjoyment within the workplace. It’s important to make efforts to reach out to colleagues you have been distanced from and encourage others to do the same. Ask how they have been, be interested in their story and share your own experiences with them.
4. Focus On What You Can Control And Accept What You Can’t
5. Keep Employees Informed
Keep providing employees with updated information from appropriate sources within your organisation. Rumours and misinformation can fuel anxiety and negativity within the workplace, making it more difficult for employees to adjust and establish a new work routine.
6. Encourage Employees to Keep Up Their Self-Care
7. Put Mechanisms in Place So Employees Can Reach Out When They Need To
Employees having difficulty with psychologically adjusting to returning to work, are not alone! Providing your workforce access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) enables employees to receive FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL psychological support from a PeopleSense By Altius Psychologist for any work or personal issues.