Taking an annual vacation is necessary for every employee. We all get burnt out eventually, and a vacation is an opportunity to rest, relax, and recharge.

But did you know that many North American workers do not use up their allotted vacation days for the year? Whether they are afraid that they will fall behind while away from their job, or worried that their employer will see that the company gets along just fine without them, some workers feel reluctant to take a vacation – even when they are contractually entitled to one.

If you’re someone who gets concerned about falling behind if you take time away from work, try this tip. It may seem a little unconventional, but it can make the transition back into the workplace much, much easier.

On the final day of your vacation, check in with your workplace. That’s right. Take a few hours on the last day of your holiday – the day before you return to work – and get up to speed on what’s been going on while you were away.

Depending on your company, this might be as simple as checking your email. This won’t give you all of the information, but it will fill you in on any big changes, issues, or news. Or, you may want to get in touch with a co-worker to ask whether there is anything noteworthy that you should know before your return from your vacation. Ask someone who you’re on friendly terms with. Chances are they’ll be happy to hear from you and have no issue bringing you up to speed.

Now, why should you give up your precious vacation time to find out what’s been happening at work? The reason is simple. It’s the best way to ease yourself slowly back into work after taking time away. Your brain gradually switches from vacation mode back into work mode, and you arrive the next day fully adjusted—or, at least, partially adjusted – to your regular schedule. This cuts down on the amount of time spent playing catch-up on your first day back, which your bosses will appreciate. Plus, it keeps you from feeling depressed or lethargic when arrive at work.

Workers who try this easy tip feel much more confident about taking time away from their jobs. Try it the next time you go away and see if it works for you.

Another way to relieve stress after a vacation is by planning ahead and staffing up. The experts at HCR Personnel Solutions can help you temporarily fill a position left vacant by an employee during a vacation. Contact our recruiters today!

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