This week’s Fierce resource comes from Business Insider and lists eight things you can do before vacation that will help reduce stress when you return to work.
Most of us look forward to vacation. But when we don’t plan accordingly for our time away, our return to the office can leave us feeling even more stressed than we did before we left.
The purpose of vacation is to relax, spend quality time with ourselves and our loved ones, and reconnect with what really matters to us. It’s important for us to maximize this time so that we can return to work a revitalized version of ourselves and take on the challenges that lie ahead. Fortunately, proper planning can help us receive the full benefits of time away.
Per Jacquelyn Smith, Business Insider, with insights from Michael Kerr, international business speaker and author of You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work, here are some effective ways to plan for your vacation and reduce stress.
1. Be strategic with your schedule. “Many people complain about the stress of getting all their work done before a vacation, and then the stress of catching up and being overwhelmed when they return. ‘In fact, that's why some employees avoid taking vacations altogether,’ Kerr says. ‘When I was a manager, I often left a day later than I announced, and arrived back at work a day earlier than scheduled. This gave me a free day essentially on either end of the vacation.’ If you can't do this, then at least plan your schedule carefully.”
2. Create a customized autoreply email message and outgoing voicemail. “Upon your return, you won’t want to listen to 10 angry voicemails from the same person wondering why you’re not returning their calls. You also don't want clients tracking you down at the beach with urgent questions and requests. To avoid this, set up an outgoing voicemail and autoreply email that say how long you'll be out and who to contact in your absence.”
3. Contact high priority clients or customers a week or two before you leave. “Let them know you'll be out, and ask if there's anything they need before you leave. ‘It's a great excuse to reach out to them; it demonstrates that you're thinking of them; it gives them enough warning so that you can help them with any issues well before you leave; and it will give you peace of mind,’ Kerr says.”
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