A lot of employees are returning to the office and with so many businesses hiring, even more new hires are taking on-site positions. With so many having worked from home the past year or so, or being out of work completely due to shutdowns, it’s important to remember the essentials when getting back to work.
So, before you grab that cup of super healthy coffee and head back to the office, check out our list of 5 things you should consider taking with you.
1. Business Cards
Getting back to work on-site likely means that you’ll be networking, greeting new coworkers, and generally meeting more people face-to-face. Having professional looking business cards with your name, phone, and email will ensure that those new networking possibilities have the ability to contact you when/if the need arises.
2. Don’t Forget the Basics
Depending on where you live, you may have a lengthy commute to and from work that may include getting stuck in traffic on almost any given day. Conversely, you spend at least 8 hours at work and in the process of both of these, you probably drink a good bit of coffee, sodas, and/or water throughout the day.
Having a coffee tumbler that keeps hot drinks nice and toasty for up to 12 hours and cold drinks good and chilled for up to 24 is definitely essential for returning back to the office.
3. Add Some Life to Your Workspace
Whether you just found a job after getting your RPL certification and you’re decorating your office for the first time or you simply want to spruce up your old space, consider adding plants and flowers.
4. Go Back in Style
Working from home has been both a challenge and a blessing for many of us. Where PJ bottoms and sweatpants were viable wardrobe selections, video conferences almost always seemed to signal our pets, children, roommates, and significant others to be as loud and distracting as possible. So, while some of you may be lamenting having to leave the home office, a lot are indeed looking forward to getting back onsite.
However, if you need something to boost your enthusiasm regarding this change, you may want to try adding a few professional outfits to your wardrobe or accessorizing with a nice briefcase. Many times, looking sharp can make you feel sharp, and besides, after a year away from co-workers you want to look as good as you possibly can.
5. Phone Accessories
These days our phones are virtually indispensable and we use them countless times throughout the day. Of course, there are a lot of things on your mind when returning to the office after such a long pause and while you aren’t likely to forget your phone, there are a few other accessories you may want to ensure is on your list.
- Charging pad – Courant’s Catch 3 is a premium pebble-grain Italian leather pad that will not only charge your phone, but it also looks great on virtually any desk.
- Phone sanitizer – Chances are, your phone will come into contact with a lot of surfaces. From your desk to the break room and conference room tables and as we all know, sanitizing can be critical to our health in this day and age. PhoneSoap’s Pro sanitizer blasts your phone with UV light and can kill up to 99.99% of germs. Making it a must-have for many returning to work.
Adding any or all of these back-to-work essentials can make returning to the office a little easier and of course, anything that can reduce stress these days should be welcomed with open arms.