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01 October 2021

BWC Webinar

Back to the office: managing anxiety & a safe return

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Managing anxiety & a safe return

We hosted an online event with the Bank Workers Charity on 29th September 2021 to explore the relationship between change, uncertainty and anxiety. We looked at some strategies we can adopt that will help us deal with any fears we have, to negotiate a safe return.

We asked Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing at the Bank Workers Charityto come and talk to our members about:

Paul began the session by reading a quote from a young woman who has a specific concern about her return to work which we thought was quite powerful:

“I'm an extreme introvert. I've had some pretty bad moments during this pandemic, but overall, it's changed my life for the better. I've always found it really difficult in the office where so much happens. I rarely contribute in meetings and I feel extremely self-conscious throughout. The pandemic changed things for me - I can decide how much or how little communication I have with others...I feel much more in control and I've never been happier at work. My manager is really pleased with my performance, but I absolutely dread going back. I know I've got to go back, but it's going to be so difficult now.”

In March 2020 we saw a pandemic-driven transformation in workplace culture. Remote working and connecting with colleagues through digital channels became the norm for many people. Employees and businesses had to act quickly to adapt to this new environment, against the terrifying backdrop of a raging pandemic. Human beings don’t respond easily to uncertainty and change but over time employees did, to the extent that most businesses in the UK saw no dip in productivity. As the pandemic wanes, employers are planning for the post-pandemic return and this mean a new process of adjustment for people.

That's why we teamed up with the Bank Workers Charity for a wellbeing webinar focussed on providing strategies to manage a safe return and to offer sources of support.

You can access the recording below, along with links to download the slides and a link to our feedback survey.

Recording of webinar

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Tips for managing a return

The good news is, there are some things we can do to ease ourselves into a return, safely and securely. See what works for you:

More webinars

Our next webinar with the Bank Workers Charity will be focused on menopause. The event is being held on Tuesday 19th October - Keep an eye out for the invite!

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