If your employer has mentioned that you’ll be expected back in the office soon, then you may be wondering how you’ll maintain your work/life balance. After all, millions have spent months working from home, which has meant that the commute has involved walking to the spare bedroom! Here, Bossy Girl explains how to maintain a sense of balance.
Ask for more flexibility
If your employer is asking you to come back to the office full time, but you love the working-from-home life, then ask if you can work from home two to three days per week. If you have been able to carry out your role from home, then your employer should be open to this flexibility.
Look at your options
We have all learnt a lot about ourselves and our routines throughout the pandemic. If you’ve decided that you no longer want to sit in an office, or that a 2-hour commute no longer serves you, then have a think about your options.
Perhaps moving companies, changing careers, or going freelance would be better for you. If that’s the case, then make a change.
Tweak your routine
You may not feel like a full career change is needed, but maybe you would benefit from tweaking your routine. Aim to continue to conduct some meetings virtually and look at your working hours. If it would make sense to start work a bit earlier, ask your employer if this would be feasible. If you’d like to take a longer lunch to attend a gym class, ask your boss if you could make up time elsewhere in the week. If you’re working from home maybe you could put something tasty in the slow cooker ready to enjoy when you finish work?
Remember that attitudes have changed
Time’s have changed and companies know that you don’t have to be chained to your desk 24/7 to make an impact. It is possible to smash the glass ceiling by working from, as well as the office.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there is more to life than being sat in an office. There has been a definite culture shift and companies are more open to home working than they once were. So don’t be afraid to seek out the balance that you need. Always look at the best ways to deal with stress and see what works for you.