Guest Blog: Getting On with your Colleagues in the New Normal

Guest blog by Catherine Stothart author of How to Get On With Anyone

It’s natural to be apprehensive about going back to the office. Tensions may arise when people first start interacting in-person after so long away, and there may be new people who are meeting face-to-face for the first time.

Style Stressor They may become... How you can help them How you can help yourself
Navigator Not knowing what's going to happen. Tense and distant. Establish clear rules and expectations for behaviour and practices in the office. Speak up at the right time. Ask for what you need. Find ways to relax and get time to yourself.
Mobiliser Nothing being accomplished. Impatient and demanding. Reduce time spent ion meetings and clarify who will make specific decisions. Let other people take responsibility sometimes. Use mindfulness techniques. Slow down and make time to chat.
Energiser Not being involved or others not participating. Unfocused and frantic. Create opportunities for team conversations and water-cooler chats - even virtual ones. Don't expect as much enthusiasm from others. Find someone to act as a sounding board. Calm down and listen to others.
Synthesiser Not having enough input, or time to get the best result. Indecisive and unassertive. Give them time and space in meetings to say what they need from others. Recognise that "good enough" is ok. Summarise key points. Be more expressive in voice and gestures.