Whether you’re sunbathing on a white, sandy beach, trekking through the forest, or skiing in the Alps, holidays have to come to an end sometime. You’ll also have to return to work. Here, we offer our top 10 tips on how to hit the ground running after your holiday.
Start as you mean to go on
The ring of your alarm on the first morning back to work is never a welcome sound. However, we’re firm believers in the idea that you need to begin your first day back in a positive mind frame and start as you mean to go on. Try getting up as early as you can and giving yourself plenty of time to prepare. The last thing you want when coming back from holiday is a rushed, stressful morning that reminds you how tough getting up to got to work can be.
It’s also a good idea to make sure you start the day with a proper breakfast. Obviously, ‘a proper breakfast’ will mean different things to different people. However, we would recommend a light, fruity muesli, a couple of eggs, or something healthy and fresh, that’s able to get you going. As a franchise owner, you’ll need all the energy you can get to make it through that first day back, so don’t skip breakfast. Sit down, take the time to prepare something delicious and enjoy a healthy start to the day.
Prioritise your time
On your return to the workplace, you’ll probably find there’s quite a lot of work to catch up with. If this is the case, try and prioritise important tasks and get those out of the way first. Not all of the hundreds of emails squatting in your inbox will be urgent. Replies can wait for many of them. Get what needs doing out of the way first and, if you’ve got time left over, crack on with less important tasks.
Give yourself an easier first day
While it’s a good idea to go into work with the intention of having a productive day, you don’t need to overload yourself. Try and ensure that your diary is clear on your first day back and that you’ve got no meetings or important calls to make. This will relieve some of the pressure of returning and allow you to focus on those things that really matter.
Get back in touch with regular contacts
If your role involves interacting with certain individuals on a regular basis, it might be beneficial to get in touch, see what has been happening, and let them know you’re back. This may mean giving your most important clients a ring, calling a quick team meeting, or dropping in on any managers or supervisors you work with. These don’t have to be formal meetings – a quick, relaxed chat will do the job.
Get up to speed
There’s bound to have been a few things you missed out on while you were sunning yourself on holiday. That first day back is the best time to catch up on news, see if there were any important developments while you were away, and ask if there’s anything you need to know. In the vast majority of cases, there will be nothing of great importance. However, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up to speed and aware of everything that’s happened while you were away.
Don’t ruin all that good relaxing
There’s a reason you go on holiday. It’s so you’ve got some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. It’s to give you a bit of personal time away from the stresses of the workplace. It’s to remind you that your franchise and the franchise system aren’t the most important things in your life. On returning to work, it’s vital that you don’t ruin all that good relaxing by immediately throwing yourself into stressful situations that could be avoided. Try and take it easy, dodge unnecessary conflict, and don’t overwork yourself.
Keep a steady focus
Returning to the real world after a relaxing holiday can be a shock to the system. There’s so much to catch up on and it seems like there are so many things you’ve missed out on. You could spend hours scrolling through news headlines, social media accounts, and viral videos. You could get caught in long conversations with any number of staff members. If you do, you’ll regret it, though. Allowing yourself to be distracted will only add the amount of work you’ve got to tackle. Rather than decreasing your workload, you’ll find that you’re behind even more and struggling to keep up. This is not what you want from the first day back.
Thank those that covered
When you went away, some of your roles and responsibilities were probably covered by other staff members. Now is the time to recognise this support and thank them for keeping things ticking over. Showing your appreciation will demonstrate that you’re grateful for being able to trust your employees when you want to go away.
Capture that holiday state of mind
Finally, on that first day back, you need to capture that holiday state of mind and not let go. It’s all too easy to slip right back into work and completely forget about how relaxing and enjoyable your holiday was. Within a couple of days, it may feel as though you never went on holiday at all. To prevent this from occurring and to ensure that you benefit from your time off as much as possible, take a moment to consider your holiday memories. Keeping them fresh will keep you going for longer.
We all need a break sometimes. Even the best business opportunities can tire and stress us out. Taking a holiday is a chance to refresh and relax, without the pressures of work. It would be a shame to return to work and not try and bring that peace of mind with you. If you’re heading back to work soon, follow our top ten tips and hopefully you’ll benefit from a more positive first week back than you would have otherwise.