This is the ‘after the holidays’ edition. If you live in the United States, then you just got back to work from a long weekend – Memorial Day weekend here. But this post applies to any break from work and planning to get back to the routine. Since this was a national holiday, chances are your colleagues, partners, clients and other associates also did take some time off. But not everyone will be back on the same note depending on what they did during that holiday so here are a few tips to plan on how you can get yourself and your team back on track. Read on…
Check in with everyone. With your team, your clients, your colleagues. Ensure the projects you have currently and the people you work with on those are all ‘back in the office’ and for regular work hours. Some offices might have delayed holidays for staff so not everyone is off at the same time and some contacts might just be on an extended vacation so be sure you are not inconveniencing anyone while also moving forward with deliverables.
Plan your day well. Considering that this was a long weekend, review the deliverables that were completed last week and the ones that need your immediate attention this week. Remember this is a shorter week with Monday spent on the holiday so you will need to get any actionables going quickly. If you had started work on a project last week and need to continue the same project this week, then make time for that before commencing on anything new.
Address your frame of mind. Everyone understands when you’ve spent a long weekend away with family, caring for a member or heading for vacation and then coming back to work might need a bit of a kickstart. Be honest if you are having trouble getting back on track and be open to another’s candid admission if they feel that way and voice their concern. Nothing will get done if everyone isn’t on board with your plans for the day. Collaboration is key and so is teamwork.
Make it an energizing exchange. Everyone spends their holidays differently and where it might have been relaxing for some, it could have been tiring for others. Make your interactions positive and energetic, be approachable to your acquaintances and understand that the energy you put out is what you get in return. Embody the ‘return to work’ attitude you are expecting of others and in that way, you will help yourself and them.
Have a relaxed day. Give folks some time to get back in the groove. Yes, we have already lost a day, and this is a shorter work week. But we already knew that. Don’t set up for a day full of meetings and accountability. For yourself and for others. Allow flexibility for the day if a parent must go help their child with a school project during work hours or someone needs to do an afternoon grocery store run. Be prepared for a few appointments being canceled.
Have an open door policy. Or an open call policy if you are all still working from home. Let your team, partners, contacts know you are available for a chat if they need to explore a certain project or chat about next steps on their assignment. If you are willing to give them a little boost on something they want a second opinion on, then make it known that they can individually connect. Change your status on your internal messaging platforms to convey that.
Have a few more to add? Share in the comments below and let’s chat. with Labor Day weekend coming up later this year (not to mention July 4th), your insights are welcome!