How to Overcome Post Vacation Syndrome
Vacations are intended to provide people with relaxation
so they can gather strength for future work achievements.
But instead of triple energy and enthusiasm of a rested staff
employers often face their sluggish workers with vacant stare
demonstrating they are still there at the warm beach sand
in their dreams, basking in the sun.
An employee's conduct after vacations depends on individual
character peculiarities to a certain degree. Some try to accomplish
all tasks before holidays, therefore rest with a clear conscience
and easily get down to work after vacations. Others can't
finish open projects and proceeding to business seems rather
painful for them. What should a manager remember?
1. First of all you should always benefit from your own experience.
Maybe you have some unique formula how to "switch on"
an employee and make him join in the work.
2. Remember that nearly 80 per cent of staff decides to quit
just after holidays. If it's a highly qualified and valuable
worker you shouldn't accept the situation at once. Talk to
him, try to convince of unavoidable difficulties in a new
company and of the fact that it will take him a year at least
and great effort to earn some authority there. Explain that
this hasty decision may be just the result of post vacation
3. Take into consideration individual peculiarities/habits
of your employees: some of them you may allow to be late for
fifteen minutes during the first week, others - to leave a
few minutes earlier. Create favourable work conditions because
people usually appreciate care taken of them, therefore overcome
minor difficulties more promptly.
4. Puzzle an employee with a new idea; suggest him to think
over a future project, facilities or operational cycle improvement.
5. Don't assign monumental or irksome tasks to him. Let an
employee plan his working hours by himself during the first
6. If you see that your colleague doesn't cope with his duties
and has all the symptoms of post vacation depression, think
over the most effective way to help him overcome this condition.
For example a business trip to another city or a three-day
holiday will be of great help.
7. Suggest taking part in additional extra-paid projects.
Cash award - is a rather effective method to bring back an
employee's interest in work.
Be sure in the majority of cases these simple tips will help
you to handle the situation and your company's staff will
add evidence that you care and respect them. And the atmosphere
of mutual understanding and personnel's gratitude will only
result in company's prosperity and profit.
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