How to Feel Confident Going Back to the Office

If you have had a career break, or even if you’ve simply had to step away from the office recently and work from home instead due to the worldwide pandemic we are having to deal with, you might feel less than confident about going back. No matter how good you are at your job, if you’ve been out of the office environment for any period of time, it’s always going to be tricky to get back to it again. If that’s the case for you, read on to discover some useful tips on confidently getting back to the office and boosting your career.

Revisit Your Successes

In order to help boost your confidence in your work and be happier about going back to the office, it’s a good idea to revisit your successes, and think about some of the times in your career that you did particularly well. You might want to make a ‘back to work journal’ and if you do, you can note those successes down within it. Even if you don’t have such a journal (and we do recommend it, although it’s not something everyone is happy to do), you can still use the memories of your successes to work out what your strengths are.

To do this, think of what you did well and work out what the links are between those successes. It could have been:

  • Organization
  • People skills
  • Negotiating
  • Sales
  • Logistics
  • Teamwork

There are many different elements to consider, but once you know what your strengths are, you’ll feel better about heading back to the office to use them.

Prepare in Advance

Even if, before you stopped work or left the office for the last time, you used to just grab your bag in the morning and head out the door, if you’re feeling nervous about going back to work, it’s time to prepare for your workday in advance rather than just throwing some things together as you’re leaving the house.

In other words, take some time, ideally the evening before you have to work, to pack your bag. Make sure you have a water bottle and healthy snacks, as well as your lunch if you need to take one (these items, depending on what they are, may need to be refrigerated, in which case you can simply write yourself a note to remind you to take them with you). You should also take your phone charger, your paperwork, your computer glasses from, your purse or wallet, and anything else you are going to need to have with you. This way, you don’t have to panic and stress before leaving the house. You can just pick up your ready packed bag and go, leaving on time and without worry.

Speak to a Friend

If you’re really concerned about going back to work, whether you’ve been away for years or just a few weeks, then it’s a good idea to speak to a friend about how you are feeling. Sharing your problems might not solve them, but it will help you to put them in perspective, and you might feel better for talking about what is worrying you.

Whether or not your friend has any advice will depend if they have any thoughts on your particular situation, but the very act of sharing your worry may be enough to help you gain the confidence you need to go back to work without being too concerned. Remember, everyone is going to be in the same situation, so there is no need to feel too concerned.

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