As Vaccinations Take off, Here’s How to Plan to Return to the Office

For the past month, my Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of people’s COVID-19 vaccine cards or their Band-Aid-bedecked arms. And this week, different pictures started to appear: People with their arms around their elderly relatives.

COVID-19 ripped in-person interactions away from all of us, and we’re happy to get back to hugging and handshakes slowly. And while we know that our family members are waiting for us with open arms, what about our coworkers?

Employees who have been working remotely for over a year now are starting to trickle back to their offices. Meanwhile, essential employees who worked in-person through the worst of the pandemic might even feel brave enough to revive a handshake here and there.

Still, interactions at work can be awkward. The CDC recommends masking and social distancing unless everyone in the room is fully vaccinated—are you really going to pry into someone’s vaccination status when you schedule a meeting? How do we return to normal at work? Do we keep elbow bumps forever?

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2 thoughts on “As Vaccinations Take off, Here’s How to Plan to Return to the Office

  1. You (everyone) just shouldn’t assume that everything is going back to normal if everyone has to assume that the people with whom they are working in close proximity with is going to follow safety precautions from now on. Someone (preferably the employer) should have evaluated the exact standards that need to be addressed and set up the workplace accordingly. Of course, because we have individuals who would prefer a higher level of precautions, they would have to be addressed with for possible accommodation, but the accommodation would have to be mutually beneficial and not to just the single employee’s wants. ( big difference). Just like accommodating a disability, there is a Reasonable Expectation which may cause “unhappiness” for someone who has problems getting back into the workplace anyway and needs more assurance. But as long as the employer is maintaining the requirements mandated by the law, there should be no major problems.
    For me, personally, I would like to know that I can wear my mask without being asked to remove it in the workplace.

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