Twelve Things to Do Before Going Back into the Office

So, you've had a long layoff from work. Maybe it was because of COVID-19, maybe it was for another reason. Regardless of why, here are 12 things to check/do before you go back to the office, lab or classroom:

1. Look in the mirror.

2. Try your work clothes on.

3. Check it all fits and works together.

4. Get into a routine.

5. Be prepared to say no.

6. Be prepared to ask to do more work from home.

7. Confirm your commute.

8. Remember what you learnt from COVID-19.

9. Pay attention to your pets.

10. Pack your bag.

11. Don't expect to be productive immediately.

12. Thank researchers, schoolteachers, and health care workers.