With summer coming to a close — despite the fact that, weather-wise, it has only now hit the Bay Area — and with Labor Day weekend come and gone, many may be struggling to ease back into their work lives after vacation.
The transition can be difficult: Your body’s in the boardroom but your brain’s still at the beach.
My first bit of advice would be to take an extra day, if at all possible, between your return flight/drive and your return to the office. Allow yourself time to sleep in, do some laundry, and just be home. These little things will be big improvements on your mood and mindset in the office.
Communicate before and after your holiday about your vacation time and the effect that it will have on your workload and capacity. While finishing up as much of your standard workload as possible and alerting all clients and coworkers to your absence may be an obvious, requesting that they accommodate an adjustment period upon return may not be. While some of you may balk that this is not possible, I assert that it is.
Everyone understands when we are too sick too work, when we are trapped in meetings all day and cannot return calls, or when emergencies — both personal and professional — unexpectedly have to take precedent. Easing yourself back into work — and communicating this need to those around you — will not only facilitate the transition for you but intercept any problems that may arise because of your bumpy reentry into work-mode.
Despite our R&R, coming back to work can be fraud with confusion and waste. Let your boss and clients know where you are and what you can handle and maybe your next vacation won’t seem so far away.