There was no one in the office. It was my first day out of a 14-day quarantine period, and I was eager to see my colleagues in person, IRL. But there was no one around. The door was unlocked. There was a fresh pot of coffee in the kitchenette. Hashtag, the office cat, was meandering through a row of empty seats.
“Hey boss! Good to see you back!” The cleaning lady said, poking her head into my office. “I’ve made a fresh pot of coffee.” Seeing our cleaning lady all of a sudden jarred my memory. This was the norm. This was my usual morning routine. I would always be the second person in the office, after the cleaning lady. She would always have had a fresh pot of coffee made, waiting for me.
Soon, my colleagues started arriving, one after another. Chatter began, and Hashtag went about his daily routine, randomly chasing after people. Someone stepped into my office for a chat. It felt like a typical workday had started.
This is post-lockdown reality. We’re back in the office, but still adjusting. And of course, the impact has been bigger than my morning twilight zone experiences. It’s been tough, but we are now seeing more positivity, and more hope. For those at different stages of lockdown, here’s a brief rundown of what might be lying ahead of you.