Heading Back to The Office

After over two years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are beginning to expect their employees to returning back to the office whether that be five days a week or partially working remotely from home with some days back to the office.

However, some people may be finding this rather daunting or anxiety provoking for a number of reasons. Some may continue to be worried about what seems to be the never-ending waves of COVID cases and fearing that they might get sick or bring it home to their families.

Others may be worried about entirely different aspects such as having not been in professional work environments for an extended period of time, not being comfortable in crowds or busy offices, or simply being nervous about the adjustment. 

What Heading Back to The Office Means

If you are finding that you are one of the many people that are uneasy about heading back to the office it may be pertinent to consider taking time to reflect on what is provoking this feeling.

What aspect about working from the office is less than pleasant? What aspect about working from home is preferable? Is there something that makes you more relaxed? More productive? More comfortable? Would bringing or incorporating some of the things that make working from home more pleasant to being back to the office be helpful in this transition period?

Additionally, as you prepare for this transition clear communication both with yourself, your co-workers, and your supervisor can be beneficial in navigating this change. Recognizing in yourself what you are and are not comfortable with in this environment can help you determine your boundaries as well as establish what helps you manage this discomfort.

What to Know When Heading Back to The Office

Finally, it is important to remember to have self-compassion in a time like this where you may be faced with a greater deal of stress from a variety of factors such as being unsure of how to navigate going back to the office and being in a new work environment, feeling exposed to the virus, or comparing yourself to others who are unphased by this transition. Be kind to yourself and recognize that everyone is different and it may take time to adjust to the new norm.

Warmly,

Katerina

About OCP

Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy is a group of psychotherapists and social workers in Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto (and soon other cities in Ontario) who offer expertise in a variety of mental health areas and believe in an integrated approach to counselling. We work with you and pride ourselves in creating a strong relationship with our clients by ensuring that we are a good fit to help you attain your therapy goals. We offer individual, couple, family and child psychotherapy to clients all over Ontario.

We invite you to explore our site and contact the therapist of your choice. You will find our contact information under “Our therapists” tab. If you are unsure, call the centre at (613) 699-0060 or email at ocp.therapyinfo@gmail.com and we will answer any questions you may have, direct you to a therapist and, if you wish, set you up with one of our therapists.

We have grown! We started out as a small group of therapists in Ottawa and we have expanded to the rest of Ontario. We offer virtual services for anyone in Ontario, and we have in person offices in the Ottawa Region, Cornwall and the GTA. We also provide sessions at a reduced fee through our student intern program. Contact us to help you navigate our site or to set you up with one of our therapists!