Working in the office definitely has its perks and challenges - it depends on what you do, what you find stressful / hard / challenging, and what types of environments you work better in.
A personal anecdote for me is that I am someone who is very outgoing and loves interacting with people. The most stressful part of my job is prioritizing my time and balancing out my workload. It's because my job requires me to interact with many candidates, managing their applications, and making sure I have good relationships with people in the office. I feel like I spend a lot of my time talking to people vs. actually doing my work. I am someone that thrives in working in the office and sometimes I need to make a boundary for myself so that I can actually get my work done!
If you're someone in the finance / accounting field, I would assume that working in the office would require you to interact with people. I understand with COVID going on, that might be a challenge. Maybe sitting at your desk and having your manager manage you in-person might be hard or even maybe working in the office and seeing your coworkers stressed might be a bit overwhelming.
A few things to note if working in the office is stressful are:
*What part of my job will stress me out?
*What type of environment or atmosphere do I thrive most out of in terms of work?
*What part of working in the office is positive to me and vice-versa?
*Working in the office will require me to interact with people - how much time should I spend on this? How do I prioritize time?
The office culture is definitely shifting, especially post pandemic, so the rigid schedules and dress codes (which I considered most stressful in previous roles) are slowly becoming less common.
The office environment can be an engaging and stimulating environment, especially for extraverts that need to engage with others. It can be overwhelming to those that identify as an introvert as there may not be the downtime to recharge the energy.
The company culture will also impact the office environment. Some cultures are more open and fun, while others are more buttoned down and serious.
This will also vary depending on the size of the firm you are planning to work at and also the region. For example, working for a large firm in a major metro, especially if it the HQ, could be a very busy and stimulating environment. However, the same firm many have a small satellite office which will have a very different energy depending on the number of people at the office. And lastly, many organizations are allowing employees to work from home and this will most likely be an option if preferred. All apply to financial planning and accounting.
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The most stressful thing about working in any office is the politics and dealing with negative people. I've learned it's best to stay away from both those things because they don't benefit you as a person. I've seen many people do the opposite which has helped them in their careers so it's up to you. Being confident, aware and strong with a positive attitude will help you navigate any office environment. One of the first business self-help books I read was "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" written by Stephen R. Covey. It made me who I'm today and I sill practice the habits professionally and personally.