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Not yet ready to return to the workplace?

As COVID-19 restrictions start lifting across the country, many people are facing an unexpected conundrum. In fact, you too might be in a similar situation: your employer wants you to come back to the workplace, but you’re not yet ready to return to an office or other communal environment.

The reasons vary. Perhaps you have a compromised immune system. Or you live with an elderly relative and your workday trips could put them at risk. Maybe you are choosing to delay your children’s return to school and you don’t have alternative childcare. Or the simplest reason of all – you find that you’re more productive working from home and you want to continue. Whatever your reason that you are not yet ready to return, you now need to persuade your employer that you should postpone coming back to the shared work environment.

Here’s how to do it!

If you’re wondering how to do this, my column this morning in The Globe and Mail lays out a few key points you should keep in mind to increase your likelihood of success.

How to have a conversation with your boss about postponing your return to the office

If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, here is a direct link to the column on their site:

Are you someone is not yet ready to return to the office environment? I’d love to hear more about your challenges and experiences in making it happen.  Is your boss and organization supportive?  Or are you fighting an uphill battle. Please share by commenting below.  

I write a regular monthly column for The Globe and Mail Report on Business, under the banner of Leadership Matters.  Here are links to some of the more recent ones, all very relevant in the age of pandemic:

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