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Productivity slumps after vacation time

The sun is out, and youre ready for a break. In fact, youve just started planning your next vacation. But before ...


Human Resources

July 23, 2007
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

The sun is out, and youre ready for a break. In fact, youve just started planning your next vacation. But before you go, what steps have you taken to ensure everything runs smoothly while youre away — and that a mountain of work wont be waiting when you get back?

According to a survey by Robert Half, it takes the average employee 1.5 days to return to normal productivity following a vacation. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your upcoming getaway:

Take note of the time. If possible, avoid taking off when theres a critical deadline or when you are most needed. You dont want to leave your colleagues or boss shorthanded at crunch time.

Use out-of-office features. Before you leave, change your voice- and e-mail greetings to indicate that you are on vacation. Offer contact information for a colleague who can assist with urgent issues.

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Take an extra day. Before heading back to work, give yourself a day at home to unpack, do laundry, catch up on chores and call friends. You might also consider returning to the office midweek, rather than on a Monday, so you can readjust to your work schedule.

Plan your first day back. In addition to wrapping up projects before you leave, make a schedule for the day you return. Plan to meet with key staff, get an update on projects and even consider scheduling a lunch out with coworkers so you can update everyone on your adventures.

This “Heard in the Lunchroom” tip is provided by Robert Half, the worlds largest specialized staffing firm and an authority on workplace and management trends. For more information, visit www.rhi.com.