Returning to Work after Quarantine: How to Prepare


I know a lot of people have yet to return to work and some have. In my case I returned to work on April 24, 2020 and it was last minute. I was called and given two day’s notice to come to work. So, I was totally unprepared. It took a lot of rushing and throwing things together for me to be somewhat ready for work. Even when I returned to work, I was still unprepared. It took me about 3-5 days to get ready for work, after I had already been there for a couple of days. I took the time to compile a list to help you better prepare for your return to the office.

  1. Wash clothes now
  • Under garments-I know a lot of women have been going commando since quarantine started. What is a bra? Lol!
  1. Carry Your Dresses, Suits, and Blazers to the cleaners now (yes some cleaners are open)
  • Make sure you carry dresses, suits, and blazers to the cleaners because after hanging in your closet for a while they get stale and need to be refreshed.
  1. Pick out three days of outfits
  • Go ahead and have outfits ready for three days that way you won’t feel rushed and you will have some cushion to get through the rest of the workweek.
  1. Iron those clothes if necessary and hang them
  • Iron clothes if necessary, and then hang them up! That way one day one, two, etc. you can grab and go.
  1. Wash and prep your hair bi-weekly (especially naturals)
  • If you are a natural, our hair needs a lot of love and prep to look just right. I would say to leave your hair in twists and refresh them every week or two. You can wash your hair with the twist in to make easier.
  1. Don’t Forget Lunch (or lunch money)
  • I usually keep on the go tuna packs in my cupboard just in case, I don’t feel like getting lunch together for the next day. They are perfect because they with everything you need to make tuna salad. It also comes with Ritz crackers, a mint, and utensils. If everything else fails, lunch money will do!
  1. Don’t forget to pack your PPE
  • Don’t forget a car package (Ziploc bag) filled with disposable gloves and masks.
  1. Don’t Forget the Mental.
  • Returning to work is going to be hard mentally. You are now on a schedule and everything is structured again.  This is completely different from #WFH! You actually gotta get up and get dressed for real girl! Working from Home, I worked in my pajamas and t-shirts. I rarely combed my hair and rarely went to be at a decent hour. So, coming back for me through me for a loop. I had to re-adjust my sleeping patterns and habits. That first week back at work, I was completely worn out and we were working extra-long hours too. It took about two weeks for me to acclimate myself to going to work every day and some days I still struggle.



Shanna C.


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