The office edit

The office edit

Whether you’re returning to the office or continuing to work remotely, these tips can help you ease back into work the right way.


Written by Cher Petersen


As the holiday season comes to an end it can be challenging to get back into the swing of things at work…. If you’re finding it tough to transition, these tips may help!



Schedule a buffer day

Too much of a good thing, especially vacations and an active social calendar, can often leave you just as worse for wear as working. Before switching straight into work mode, leave room for a buffer day or two between your holiday and returning to the office.

If you work remotely, perhaps you can request to work half days for the first week back.


Planning is pertinent!

Mentally preparing for the shift back to work and setting specific goals or tasks for your first few days can help ease the transition. Prioritising your tasks and creating a balance between work and personal activities can also help you stay organised and avoid feeling overwhelmed.


Reset and reintroduce routine

Establishing a healthy daily routine can help you stay focused and productive. Include dedicated time for work, exercise, and relaxation. Remember to also take breaks and make time for non-work-related activities to avoid stress and burnout.

It is important to prepare for the transition back to work after a break to set yourself up for success in the year ahead. By mentally preparing, establishing a routine, prioritising tasks, and taking care of yourself, you can effectively navigate the shift back to work and thrive.


Prioritise your tasks

Dress codes may not be as formal as they used to be, but a suit is still non-negotiable. From business meetings to weddings, a great suit will serve you well for many occasions.


Avoid stress and burnout

Start as you plan to continue… Set boundaries at the beginning of the year (for example, no work emails on your phone or setting strict starting and leaving times) and let your boss or manager and colleagues know that you are implementing these boundaries for the benefit of both the company and yourself.


Be kind to yourself

Transitioning back to work can be challenging, so it’s important to be patient with yourself. Don’t expect to be back at full speed immediately – give yourself time to adjust. Remember to celebrate your accomplishments along the way – no matter how big or small; acknowledging these milestones are important.

Preparation is vital for a seamless return to work and to set yourself up for success for the year ahead.

Mentally preparing, establishing a routine, prioritising tasks, and taking care of yourself will set you on the perfect path to thrive this year!