The Coronavirus crisis has been tough, but thankfully, you’re pushing through. Now, you’re thinking about returning to the workforce. So, when is the right time to go back? And what steps should you take to make the transition easier when unemployment ends?
Should You Return to Work Sooner or Later?
With a nationwide summer surge of COVID infections and predictions of a second wave, you may wonder if going back to work is the best idea. Ultimately the right choice depends on your individual situation. Here are a few factors to consider.
Reasons to Go Back to Work ASAP
- You’re Hoping for Job Security
Despite the risks, you’re eager to jump in and help your company. Most employers will recognize and appreciate your loyalty. This could give you an advantage if your goal is to build a long-term relationship with an organization.
- You’d Like to Avoid Resume Gaps
Most employers will understand if you were out of work for a few months in 2020. After all, we lived through a global pandemic. However, an extended period of unemployment still could make it more difficult for you to land another job down the line.
Reasons to Extend Unemployment
- You Have Health Concerns
If you, or someone you live with, has underlying medical conditions, you may be scared to return to your job. Although rules vary from state to state, federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act could offer additional protection. (Time, 2020)
- You Want to Focus on Career Building Opportunities
Many people are using their unexpected time off to reskill or find that perfect job. If you don’t want to rush into the wrong position, you may be able to use unemployment to your advantage. But proceed with caution, because waiting too long or not having a plan could leave you in a worse situation.
Tips for Going Back to Work After Unemployment Ends
- Restore Your Schedule
When you return to your job, you won’t be able to stay up late, sleep in until noon, and nap every day. Make the transition back to work-life easier by putting yourself back on a regular schedule. And don’t forget to reinstate all your old routines like packing lunches and timing out your commute.
- Familiarize Yourself with New Policies
Between masks, screening, and sanitizing, your workplace has changed. Review your organization’s new rules before your first day back, so you know what to expect.
- Allow Time to Readjust
You may have had time off, but you weren’t on vacation. Studies show furloughs and unemployment take an emotional toll. (The Washington Post, 2019) Recognize, even in a best-case scenario, it will be a while before work feels normal again.
Are You Ready to End Your Unemployment and Get Back to Work?
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