Advice » In the Workplace» Work-Life Balance » Get Back from Your Vacation wi ...
Get Back from Your Vacation with a Bang

Get Back from Your Vacation with a Bang

Christine Downes vacationed in Chicago, where she had a great time shopping on the Magnificent Mile, visiting museums and watching the Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field. To ensure her first day back at work wouldn't suffer from her time off, Downes, an administrative assistant at Deloitte Consulting's Cleveland office, scheduled an extra day off.

"I need to readjust my sleeping habits to get back into the swing of things when I return from a vacation," she says. "I find it much easier to return to the office this way, and I am less likely to feel down or depressed."

Most employees require a day and a half to get back to normal efficiency levels after a vacation, according to OfficeTeam, a global temporary placement firm specializing in administrative and office support. When multiplied by a legion of workers, this transition time can affect a company's overall productivity.

These strategies can help you avoid the lag time.

Before You Take Off

Don't just make a list of loose ends for a backup teammate. Create a list of priorities for you to follow on your first day back, suggests Teresa Cryer, an administrative assistant in the small-business center of RBC Centura Bank, headquartered in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Cryer also prepares ahead of time so she doesn't have to return to an insurmountable mountain of work. While Cryer does merely set up "out of the office" email and voice-mail messages that state the date of her return and who should be contacted in her absence, she also programs email reminders to send automatically to coworkers while she's gone, and she emails requests for information she'll need once she's back.

A Smooth Landing

On her first day back from vacation, Cryer gets to the office before her coworkers do so she can catch up and compare the priority list she wrote before she left with anything that might have come up from her mail, email and voice mail.

"I note what I must still track down, and I update my projects," Cryer says. "I also note any new issues that have been received and set those for follow-up."

Although she doesn't slack off, Cryer keeps others' expectations low for her first two days back. "I believe in underpromising and overdelivering so I don't have to disappoint my team," she says.

The Nonaccidental Tourist

Vacations can be fertile ground for creative solutions, says Joey Reiman, CEO of Atlanta-based public relations consulting firm BrightHouse and author of Thinking for a Living: Creating Ideas That Revitalize Your Business & Career.

Reiman perceives granting vacation time as a direct investment in his employees' brainpower and believes that daydreaming on the beach may actually bolster the bottom line. Reiman offers the following advice for channeling vacation energy into positive results:

  • Do something really fun when you get back.
  • Don't just take a vacation; take off a day to contemplate your career. BrightHouse employees get an extra holiday on March 4 to "march forth" on their dreams.
  • If you aren't excited about going back to work, take another week off and find a better job.

Articles in This Feature:

Latest Jobs

Posted: 06/30/2015
Posted: 06/30/2015
Fairview Heights, IL, 62208
Posted: 06/30/2015
Posted: 06/30/2015
Carson, CA, 90746
The Select Group
Posted: 06/30/2015
Raleigh, NC

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
Create and connect.
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.


100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2015 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2015.12.0.54-307