How thousands of employees are getting ready to return to work

For many, the next few weeks mean returning to the office or workplace for the first time in months. COVID-19 saw the entire world come to a standstill, with many businesses struggling to keep themselves financially afloat in the height of the pandemic. And now that restrictions are beginning to ease in certain sectors, thousands of employees are now getting ready to return to the workplace and benefit from some much needed monetary relief. 

Maybe you’re heading back to the office, you’re working in the hospitality industry or you work in a high street store, whatever your circumstances there are a lot of changes to handle. And I’m sure we can all agree, that heading off to work will probably never be the same as it was before. 

While it’s normal to feel a little apprehensive about returning to work, here we’ll explore how employees up and down the country are getting ready for when they return to work, if they haven’t gone back in already.

Get your PPE ready

Whether you have your own mask or your employer is providing disposable ones for you at work – check out for the latest in branded masks and facial coverings – everyone heading back to work should have some sort of PPE. You may have hand sanitising stations or gloves provided at work, however, you must carry your own, especially if you’re using public transport to get to work. Get into the habit of packing these things in your bag/handbag the night before, so you don’t forget them!

Think about lunch

The humble lunch break is a much-needed reprieve from a hectic morning and will set you up in anticipation of an even busier afternoon. But, things have changed and the communal fridge and microwave may no longer be an option. Forget sharing cutlery and cups, you’ll need to think ahead. 

Plan as many lunches in advance and bring them in from home where possible. Bring your own mug, cup and cutlery and try to choose meals that require little preparation. Consider carrying your lunch in a cool bag to keep it fresh. At least you won’t have to worry about anyone stealing your lunch again! 

Visit your place of work

If you’re feeling particularly nervous about returning to work, ask if you can visit your place of work before you’re due to return, so you can see what changes are in place. There could be a new one-way system that you need to get to grips with, or social distancing reminders on the floor, screens around desks and a lack of communal areas. Making yourself familiar with the changes will help you feel more comfortable. 

And finally, consider working from home

Could you still work from home? If you’ve been working from home throughout lockdown, then you should consider reaching out to your boss and extending this period. If this isn’t possible, then discuss a phased return to work schedule. If you’re apprehensive about returning then you should review your concerns with your employer of your HR representative as soon as possible. 


Chung Nguyen

Chung is a seasoned business journalist with a focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With over 15 years of experience covering the world of finance and economics, Rachel has established herself as a respected authority on responsible business practices. Throughout her career, Chung has interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the corporate world and has covered major business events such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She is also a regular contributor to leading business publications and has won several awards for her work. Chung's passion for promoting sustainable business practices has also led her to author a book on the topic.