Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Returning to work: Making a smooth transition

Do you absolutely love returning to work after a break?

I am assuming not!

The holiday season is almost over and many of us are now returning to work after a well deserved break in the sun.  However, there are very few people who would choose their desk, chair and computer over the sun, sea and sand and so returning to work after a holiday is rarely an enjoyable experience and it inevitably takes a little time to readjust. 

How would you feel about returning to work after an even longer period of time away?

This can be much more challenging.     

Perhaps you have been on maternity leave, taking a career break or have been unwell.  Whatever the reason, returning to work after a long period of time can be difficult and it is certainly not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when making the transition from home life to the workplace.  It can be daunting and trigger feelings of guilt, nervousness or anxiety.

How to make the transition from home life to the work place

There are things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible and so if are about to return to work after a long break, spend some time now to work out what you can do.  Here are some tips to assist:

·         Give yourself time to prepare for your return.  Don’t leave everything to the last minute.

·         If you are feeling anxious, focus on the positives and remind yourself of what you are good at.

·         Set yourself realistic goals and seek help where necessary.  Remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

For some more guidance, do have a read of my fact sheet ‘6 tips on how to make a smooth transition when returning to work after time away’.

Make returning to work an enjoyable experience!

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