The first week back after the Christmas break: surely the most universally dreaded working week of all. The empty champagne glass and mince pie wrappers you left on your desk are a harsh reminder that the days of watching Elf in your pyjamas are but a distant dream – you are officially back at work. You may have temporarily forgotten how to type or how to wake up before 10am, but it’s time to get your head back in the game.
Here are our top tips on beating those post-Christmas blues…
Ease yourself back in
Arriving back to face a mountain of unread emails and looming deadlines is a daunting prospect, so make it easy on yourself. Prioritise your emails by sender to deal with the most urgent queries first and then assure the senders of not-so-urgent emails that you will follow up shortly. Similarly, write out your to-do list for the next few weeks – what needs sorting straight away and what can wait? You’re unlikely to be at your most productive in the first few days back so don’t put too much pressure on yourself
The festivities may be over, but that’s not to say that you have nothing to look forward to. January is the perfect time to consider your goals and ambitions for the year ahead to keep you motivated. Think about what you hope to achieve over the following 12 months and the steps that need to be taken to get you there, and encourage your employees to do the same. If your staff have something to work towards for the next year, they’ll feel much more positive about their place within the company.
Take a break
When you’re heading to and from work in the dark and sitting at your desk all day, you’re not getting any of the daylight that your body needs to keep you energised. With an estimated one in three people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, make sure to take advantage of your lunch hour by going for a walk – as well as being a positive contribution to your mental wellbeing, having a break to re-focus will allow you to be more productive at work.
Book your holiday
There’s almost always a huge spike in holiday bookings during the first week back at the office, as workers jump to secure a week in the sun in an attempt to stave off the post-Christmas blues. Having a Time and Attendance software solution in place will allow your employees to take control of booking their own holiday time and ensure that there are no clashing dates with their colleagues. Make sure you get in on the action too and book your own summer getaway!