As the fall semester approaches, some of us will be returning to campus for the first time since 2020. While this is a big transition, we cannot forget that many of our Princeton colleagues have been working on campus throughout the pandemic and will be adjusting to campus changes as well, as many other colleagues return and campus densifies. As we plan for the return, it is important to acknowledge our personal feelings and the uncertainty that lies ahead as we reconnect in-person with our colleagues. Are you excited to return, or anxious? What will be the same? What might be different? Here, we have compiled a list of resources that offer ideas and reflection as we plan for our fall semester together. Tips for Returning to the Office Check out these tips for returning to the workplace for both individual contributors and people leaders. 5 Tips to Prepare You for a Return to the Office Return to Work Anxiety? You’re Not Alone Check out Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic — The Emotional Roadmap Back to the Office for additional resources and insights. Reflecting on Your Needs What is one tip shared in the resources that you want to try? What is one part of your previous in-office routine that you want to do differently? Communication skills for Workplace Relationships Here are some friendly reminders of key communication skills that will assist and nurture our relationships as we reconnect with our colleagues. Resources cover listening, trust, empathy, and gratitude: Active Listening How to Build Trust With Your Coworkers Brené Brown on Empathy The Art of the Thank You Reflecting on Your Work Relationships Think of one person who you are excited to connect with in-person. As you imagine that interaction, what are you looking forward to learning from them? What do you want to share during the conversation? Sometimes when reconnecting with someone, our conversations become bumpy and uncomfortable. What strategies can you apply if a situation arises where you do not agree or encounter a strong emotion from a colleague? Who do you want to show gratitude for? Who has made this time period easier for you, and how might you acknowledge their help and support? Leadership and the Return to Office These resources provide tips for people leaders guiding the return to office, with a focus on compassionate, flexible and inclusive leadership. Adapting to Change Requires Flexibility How to Manage a Hybrid Team Frances Frei TED Talk: How to build (and rebuild) trust How Noticing Emotions at Work Can Build Trust Reflecting on Your Leadership Style What leadership strength will you leverage as you re-engage with your work team? What is an area you want to focus on (e.g. flexibility, empathy, equity)? How might you employ the ideas of these resources in trying this new skill? Think about a situation where one of your team members is struggling with the team’s return to the workplace. How might you support them during this time? Related links Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic — The Emotional Roadmap Back to the Office Mental Wellness Resources Career Development Learn Something Series Mental Wellness Resources If you or your loved ones are dealing with a mental health concern, please know, you are not alone.