Back To Work in Post-Pandemic 2021: Overcoming The Apprehension

Back To Work in Post-Pandemic 2021: Overcoming The Apprehension

If the nation can meet or exceed President Biden’s goal of having 70% of the population vaccinated by July 4, 2021, we could be looking at a post-pandemic world. Although reducing the threat of the coronavirus is excellent news for everyone’s health and safety, recovering from the aftermath is far from over. Take returning to the workplace, for instance. Many employees are apprehensive about the transition when filling out job applications and getting a background check before re-entering the workforce.

For the past year, people have been told how the safest place to be was in the home. They rearrange their lives, developed new routines, and grew accustomed to the advantages of working remotely. With news of new strands, countries going through second and third waves, and government officials lifting all restrictions, there’s a lot that remains unanswered.

So, how do employees return to work “post-pandemic” without feeling apprehensive? Although it can take time to adjust, here are some practical solutions to consider.

Get Vaccinated

One of the most effective defenses employees have against contracting COVID-19 in the workplace is the vaccine. While none of them protect you from the virus 100%, it does reduces your risks significantly. The more people that get the vaccine, the lower those risks become. If you’re nervous about the vaccine, talking with your doctor can ease these fears and answer any questions.

Assess Existing Conditions

If you have existing conditions that made you high-risk during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re probably worried about how going back to work will affect you. Other than getting the vaccine, high-risk individuals are encouraged to assess and manage their existing conditions.

Whether you have diabetes, heart disease, or an auto-immune disease, get medical assistance. Have a complete examination to determine your status, take your medications as prescribed, and maintain a relationship with your doctor.

Talk To Your Employer

Before you’re scheduled to return to work, talk to your employer. Find out what precautions they’re taking to keep employees safe. Ask if they’re going to enforce a mandate for vaccines or if they intend to continue following government-recommended safety practices.

If you have religious beliefs or disabilities that prevent you from getting the vaccine, now would be the time to address the matter. Finally, if you have genuine concerns about returning to work, ask your employer about possible hybrid or remote options.

Continue Using Precautions

Whether you’re high-risk, not interested in getting the vaccine, or simply worried about getting the coronavirus anyway, continue using precautions. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance, and regularly sanitizing your hands, even if others aren’t doing the same. When you feel more comfortable, you can ease back into everyday routines.

Prepare Your Family

Working remotely enabled you to be there for your loved ones in ways you never imagined. Although things weren’t perfect, you learned how to operate as a unit, grew closer together, and adjusted to the changes as they arose. Now, you have to leave and go back to work, and it’s complicated. Ultimately, the best way to get through this emotional hardship is to prepare your family in advance.

Have a talk with them about going back to work. Listen to their questions and opinions and do your best to provide honest and open answers. Then, start creating a new schedule or routines to compensate for your absence.

Emotional Wellness

If you’re emotionally overwhelmed about returning to work post-pandemic, you must prioritize your well-being. Though it’s natural to have concerns, allowing yourself to focus on a negative day in and day out, it’s going to trigger stress, anxiety, and depression. Consequently, you return to the office with low morale, which can slow productivity and cause problems in the workplace.

There’s no denying that COVID-19 vaccines and declining cases are good news. After a year tucked away in the house and adjusting to a new normal, going back to “what used to be” is scary. If you’re worried about returning to the workplace post-pandemic, you’re not alone. Use the above suggestions to help ease your apprehension and make the process easier to manage.

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