Top tips for returning to the office

We’re used to organising ourselves and our families for ‘back to school’ following Christmas, Easter or Summer break or reluctantly getting stuck in at your workplace after a relaxing week or two in the sun, but returning to the office after months of coronavirus lockdown is a very strange situation to be in.

In some cases, workers may have spent more than a year away from their desks, carrying out their duties at home or in temporary, COVID-safe locations. So, here are some top tips from FlexSA member phs Teacrate for a safe and stress-free, post-COVID return to the office, including a handy discount code to help make your return to the office easier.


In lots of cases, this will involve computers, screens and printers, all linked together by cables; keyboards, mice and even cameras, desks, chairs and possibly filing cabinets too. Carefully dismantle your computer set up (speak to your IT department if you don’t know how to do this) and box and label everything. Safely transporting all of your office items can be a challenge unless you use a reliable supplier of crates and packaging products.


Some businesses may have expanded during lockdown whilst others will have had to become more streamlined. As a result, your usual business base may no longer be of a suitable size. The Flexible Space Association can help you find a flexible workspace that suits your needs whilst benefiting from more flexible terms. To get you to your new flexible workspace, phs Teacrate crate rental services are available, so make sure you quote FLEXSA20 for a 20% discount on the phs Teacrate website.


You’ll find a range of suitable crates – such as specialist Flat Screen Computer Crates for valuable IT equipment, secure Lidded Metre Crates for books or suspension files, or Standard Lidded Crates which can easily accommodate lever arch files, stationery and other desktop sundries – available for rent or purchase. For the most cost-effective solution, your employer can rent a hygienically cleaned crate bundle from as little as £24.95 per week.


Restrictions are not due to be completely phased out until mid-July 2021 at the earliest, so prior to your return to the office, your business’ Health & Safety Officer should have already familiarised themselves with current government COVID-19 recommendations and implemented measures to protect and reassure workers. New routines might seem strange at first but, just like Zoom and FaceTime, you’ll soon wonder how you coped without them. With this in mind, ensure a COVID-safe collection of all crates is organised for when you are finished with them.


Everyone returning to the workplace will have had different experiences of COVID. Some may have been ill or lost relatives through the pandemic so will be wary of infection; some may have been furloughed and feel ‘out of the loop’; others will be eager to get stuck in to work relationships after a lonely period at home; and there will also be those who have had to work in the office throughout all of the lockdown periods. Be kind and you’ll all get through this together.


Remember that coronavirus restrictions are likely to be in place for some time and this might affect your usual route to work. Plan ahead by checking public transport timetables and protocols, such as mask wearing and having correct change or contactless payments only. Update yourself on parking or road restrictions or perhaps think about taking a new route and try walking or cycling part of the way.


Your employer should be providing any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that you’ll need, such as masks and hand sanitiser. However, you might like to keep a little stock of your favourite hand gel and most comfortable masks in your drawer, along with the special box of biscuits and that expensive coffee that you like… shh, don’t tell the rest of the office!


phs Teacrate are offering Flexible Space Association members and their customers a 20% discount via their website, quote FLEXSA20 to redeem your discount.



15 June 2021

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