The Pre-Holiday Plan

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2019 by Maire GerrardNo comments


It’s been a typically rainy start to the British summer, and I think we can all agree that it would be a great time to get on a plane to sunnier climes.

Luckily for me, I’m going to be doing exactly that in a few days’ time. The countdown to my holiday is finally nearing a close, but with the obvious excitement there comes the responsibility to make sure your workload is organised.

There are a few steps you can take to ensure that when your holiday arrives, you can sit back and relax without giving the office a second thought.

Get your priorities right

No matter what your job, it is likely that you currently have a mixture of short and long term tasks or projects on your to do list. While some things will be able to wait until you are back from your break, there will be others that simply cannot. You should therefore make sure you tackle these first and use any remaining time to make a start on the next most pressing deadline coming up after your holiday.

Master the handover

While you may be thousands of miles away planted firmly by the side of the pool, the work of your team and department will not grind to a halt in your absence. Therefore, it is of utmost important that you provide a thorough handover of any tasks or projects that will need to be delegated.

Depending on the person taking over your workload while you are away, they may be required to take on duties they have not done before. In these instances, it is advisable to let them shadow you doing this in advance, so they understand exactly what is required, as well as giving them an opportunity to ask any questions.

Think about ‘future you’

As you approach your holiday, the last thing you will want to think about is your return to the working world. However, thinking ahead at this stage will enable you to completely switch off during your time away, without worrying about what you’ll be met with when you come back. Whether this is a full action plan for your first day, or just a short list of matters to pick up, it will give you something to focus on and will have you back into the swing of things in no time.

Don’t break from your break

For those of us who like to be in control it can be very difficult to completely disconnect from your work, even if you’re in a different time zone! Nonetheless, it is crucial to remember that taking a break from the office is vital to avoid burnout. Annual leave is there for a reason; to ensure that employees can remain at the top of their game in the workplace. Depending on your job you may need to check your emails every so often, but if your handover has been thorough then trust your colleagues to cover your responsibilities in your absence.

By following these steps, you ensure that you can switch off during your holiday, knowing that you have left your work in capable hands and can hit the ground running upon your return.

Now the only thing left to do is pack your bag, get your passport at the ready and switch your out of office response well and truly on.

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