On Monday the UK Government announced it’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, and by Tuesday morning the headlines were all about a surge of holiday bookings. Munching my way through breakfast, I began to wonder if we’d lost our minds in lockdown.

Our Need To Escape:

Last week I had the pleasure of getting my first dose of the vaccine, and my kids are as keen to get back to school, as I am to see them go. So, I get it. Grabbing at the belief that we can get out of our homes, our limited areas of travel, and indeed out of the country for a bit, by planning a trip to Greece or Turkey seems like a great idea. In my head there’s a pool, warm sun, and a chilled glass in my hand, and the kids aren’t complaining “Daaaad, I’m bored/hungry/can’t get Wi-Fi”.

The Reality:

But my head and my heart aren’t in agreement. The rational part of me, the bit that looks at the risks, the downsides, and the potential problems, wants everyone to be more cautious. I’d rather spend longer in lockdown now and avoid more restrictions later. 

Of course, not everyone is in the same situation as me, so I’m not going to suggest there’s a right or a wrong here, but I do believe there’s a danger in allowing our desire for a return to normality to blind us to the fact that the pandemic is still very much with us.

The Return to the Office:

My blogs of the last year reflect the stresses of an abrupt shift to working from home (WFH), to being encouraged by the Government to return to the office; then Lockdown 2: Covid Strikes Back, and a brief respite before cancelled Christmas and Lockdown 3: The Rise of the Vaccine. 

So, will organisations be dusting off their Return to Office Protocols with any enthusiasm? Please comment and let me know.

I suspect that these decisions, which are driven by business needs, will still present a conflict between the head and heart for managers. What they’d like to do may not be the best thing for the organisation. The hardest part may well be recognising the difference between the emotional wants and the practical needs.

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