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Not Happy About Going Back To Work?

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Are you feeling frustrated or dissatisfied about returning to work? It's completely normal to experience some apprehension about going back to the workplace, especially after a period of remote work or extended time away. However, if these feelings are overwhelming or persistent, it's important to address them in a proactive and constructive manner.

The "Not happy about going back to work?" session is designed to help you explore the root causes of your discontent and provide practical steps to enhance job satisfaction. During this session, we'll consider various reasons for dissatisfaction and discuss effective strategies to improve your work experience.

Understanding the Root Causes

It's essential to identify the specific aspects of your job that are contributing to your unhappiness. This include: factors such as:

  • Workload and expectations: Are you feeling overwhelmed by your workload or struggling to meet unrealistic expectations?

  • Work-life balance: Has the transition back to work impacted your ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance?

  • Social dynamics: Are there challenges in your workplace relationships or difficulty adjusting to the social aspects of being back in the office?

By gaining clarity on the root causes of your dissatisfaction, you can begin to develop targeted solutions to address them.

Practical Strategies for Improvement

Once you've identified the areas of concern, it's time to explore practical strategies to enhance your job satisfaction. Here are some effective approaches to consider:

  • Open communication: If certain aspects of your role are contributing to your dissatisfaction, consider having an open and honest conversation with your manager. Expressing your concerns and exploring possible solutions can lead to positive change.

  • Seek support: Take advantage of resources available through Panda, such as digital group sessions and assessments, to gain insights and support from mental health professionals and your peers.

  • Set boundaries: Establishing healthy boundaries and managing your workload in a sustainable way can help alleviate feelings of overwhelm and reduce stress.

  • Self-care: Prioritize self-care practices both in and out of the workplace to support your mental and emotional well-being.

What to Do If Previous Attempts Have Been Unsuccessful

If you've previously attempted to address your job dissatisfaction without success, it's important not to lose hope. Sometimes, the solution may require a different approach or a combination of strategies. In this session, we'll explore alternative methods and offer guidance on navigating persistent dissatisfaction in the workplace.


Feeling unhappy about returning to work is a common experience, and it's important to address these feelings in a proactive and constructive way. By understanding the root causes of your dissatisfaction and implementing practical strategies for improvement, you can enhance your job satisfaction and overall well-being. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and the resources available through Panda can provide valuable support and guidance as you navigate this transition.

If you have any concerns about returning to work or need support in improving your work experience, don't hesitate to engage with the "Not happy about going back to work?" session and take the first step towards positive change.

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