By: PACManager Admin

Having processes in place so you can have a worry free vacation

It’s no surprise that the process of planning a vacation can be stressful, especially if you’re stuck worrying about your work duties the entire time. In fact, a 2018 survey from the American Psychological Association found that 21% of U.S. adults felt stressed during their time off and another 28% worked more than they thought they would on their vacation. Having such stress inducing thoughts can be severely detrimental to one’s mental state, especially during a time when you’re supposed to be relaxed and carefree. Here are a few simple measures you can implement to help reduce the stress levels during your vacation period.

Have a solid plan 
This can go without saying, but you can’t necessarily expect your place of work to have everything figured out for you while you’re gone. Of course, you should work diligently to complete what you can; however, you will need to use some forethought in order to compile a detailed list of ongoing tasks that may need to be completed so it can be passed on to the relevant parties. Include a summary of each project, its current status, deadlines that will hit in your absence and any necessary contacts. You should also make sure to include problems that might occur during the projects as well. Many professionals suggest that you should make a list of worst-case scenarios, and to provide clear instructions on how to handle them.

Arrange the hand-off

When it comes to ensuring a minimal workload upon your return, it’s never a bad idea to meet with the person covering for you directly, both before and after your vacation. This will help to make sure they understand exactly what needs to be done in your absence and will later get you up to speed on any bumps that they may have encountered. You should provide them with an overview of tasks along with any resources they may need to complete said tasks. Be sure to go over each item thoroughly to make sure they understand their workload and of course be sure to answer any questions they have for clarification. The best thing you can do before you leave for vacation is to make sure you’re not leaving anything for your co-workers to figure out. Not only will this lessen the burden of your co-worker, but it will make it less likely that you’ll have the extra work when you return as well.

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Keep your boss informed

Even though your boss might have signed off on your vacation request, it’s still a good idea to keep them informed on your duties and how they will be taken care of during your absence. Either arrange a brief in-person meeting or provide them with an email that explains which of your co-workers are covering for you. This will also be a good opportunity to inform your boss of any potential issues that you have identified and how you instructed your co-worker(s) to handle them. Not only will this heads up be appreciated by your employer, but such actions also demonstrates a sense of leadership.

So long as you’ve done everything in your power to keep your bases covered while you’re away you shouldn’t have to worry about anything work related during your time of relaxation! Unfortunately, all vacations must come to an end; however, if you’ve taken the necessary precautions before leaving, then upon your return it will be as if you never left.

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