I’ve recently begun to make token visits back to the office over the last couple of weeks. Not because I wanted or really needed to, but rather it’s just one of those things expected of management. What immediately struck me, and still continues to, is it now feels completely foreign and uncomfortable to be sitting in my office office rather than my home office.
My, how times have changed!
I feel very unproductive when I’m there. That particular and unique muscle memory is gone, and it’s going to take some time to get it back. I share this as a warning to all leaders/managers......
Your employees are going to feel the same way.
Just because folks are now returning to the office in some form, that doesn’t mean they will immediately be able to fall back into that routine. Just like the struggles that surfaced when work from home began, so too will surface with return to office.
So, be patient and understanding. You handled a cat walking in frame on a video call - you can handle this too!