Many Americans breathed a sigh of relief when businesses began reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic fears and subsequent government restrictions. The reopening was a sign of promise, but even though there was excitement and relief, employees still are nervous about returning to the workplace due to several uncertainties about this virus.
If you are one of those workers who is struggling with worry or fear about returning to work during the roller coaster developments of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can build your comfort level and confidence to get back to the office without fear.
Tips to Get Back to Work After COVID-19
To reenter the work environment without being nervous about getting sick so you can do your job well, follow these suggestions.
Follow Policies and Procedures
Every company has unique policies and procedures, specifically in place to make their workplace and employees safer during the COVID-19 concerns. From work schedules to rules for common areas, to personal protective equipment (i.e., face masks), be sure to understand and follow the protocol that your company has set in place.
Clean and Disinfect
Hand-washing is an obvious first step to keep germs from spreading throughout the office. Take these healthy practices a step further and regularly disinfect your workspace, any equipment you use, or common surfaces you touch.
Stay at Home if Feeling Sick at All
Across the nation, companies are encouraging employees to err on the side of caution when it comes to claiming sick days. If you feel sick at all, whether it be COVID-19 symptoms or otherwise, let your supervisor know and plan to stay home. Don’t try to “be a hero” and push through illnesses at this time. It’s better both for your own health and the wellbeing of your coworkers to stay home. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be asked to complete some work at home while you keep any germs to yourself.
Excel in Your Career Even During Difficult Times
If you’re looking for direction and tips to achieve your career goals during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact CRS.