More and more people know the dangers of too much working – stress, burnout, and mental health problems – that’s why most of them understand the importance of a vacation. However, there are some things you need to bear in mind before your getaway:
File for the Leave ASAP
Early bird gets the worm, in this case, gets the most coveted dates. Asking for a leave in advance can help you score your target date and will put you ahead of other coworkers who are also eyeing the same period.
This allows your boss to find other people who can cover for you when the time comes so you won’t have to worry about work when you’re sipping piña colada by the seashore. This will also give you ample time to make your itinerary and to research more on the culture of the place you’re going to.
Announce Your Plans
No, this doesn’t mean you lay down ALL your plans. Inform your team and clients once your boss approves your vacation leave.
This is to lessen the stress of the people who will be left behind when you finally go to your much-needed vacay. Also, this heads-up is a great way to help them accomplish other tasks now that you are still here so that you will leave them with fewer projects to finish.
Do What You Can
In relation to the last point, it is highly important to think ahead by making a to-do list of all the tasks you can do prior to your leave. Technology is also your best friend because you can automate some of the activities to avoid the hassle.
Plus, you can make a list of people who can step in your role for the time being. If you are a supervisor, this is a great way to assess those you’ve been eyeing for promotion since this is an opportunity for them to showcase their management skills.
While you might be on vacation, problems could still arise without your supervision, which is why it is highly important to e-mail a simple FAQ letter containing all the basic answers to some of the common problems that you only have knowledge about.
Let’s face it: while you ultimately want to take your mind completely off of work, you can’t honestly do it a hundred percent. Try allotting a few minutes so that you can check your e-mail – this means that you need to make sure your team knows that they can still message you for very urgent matters on a certain window.