Long since then, most of us have organized our lives in some way around a job or career, where the largest interruption to how we work was the introduction of new technologies. But then the COVID pandemic hit. Millions lost their jobs and businesses entirely, some went on hiatus, some had to work the frontlines, and many had to figure out a way to do it all over Zoom. For those of us Zoomers, COVID forced us to examine our “physical proximity,” or where work occurs, and more interestingly, what we get out of it beyond a paycheque.
There’s a lot of talk about the Great Resignation as millions of people quit their jobs in lieu of a better work-life balance. But what people aren’t talking about is the mental health issues that have arisen since people started working remotely. 62% of people working from home report feelings of social isolation, which has, in turn, led to more mental health issues:
Work gives us more than a wage or a title. It’s a shared experience that provides us with connection, engagement, and stability. But despite those of us who are ready to get back to the feelings of camaraderie with co-workers (and escape the monotony of doing everything from home), there’s a lot of worry, stress and anxiety around what going back to work looks like.
Most of us haven’t been to the office in nearly two years. As a result, people are anxious about getting back into the swing of presentations, meetings and performance reviews. If you’re feeling the same way, here are some tips from the Manifest Team about handling anxiety while heading back into the office:
“If you want momentum, you’ll have to create it yourself, right now, by getting up and getting started.”
– Ryan Holiday
“True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied.”
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