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Five Tips on Returning to Work at your Best

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Returning to work after a relaxing time off is a challenging time for many. You may feel recharged and ready to take on the next half of the year, but sometimes it can take a while to get back into the groove of things. For others, maybe you haven’t recharged enough this year and find it difficult to disconnect from work over the break. As VP of Human Resources, I’m going to talk about workplace wellbeing and share a couple of tips for the holidays and returning back to work after a break.


Firstly, take your break.


Sounds simple doesn’t it? We’re all guilty to some degree of still being inside the office when you’re outside of it, those evening work emails won’t check themselves, right? Over the break, try to minimise your activity outside of hours so when you come back you’re ready to rock and roll.


When should you return?


Think about your first week back and what’s in store. After a holiday we all think we’re going to come back swinging with enough energy to last for months but if you’re overloaded in your first week your level of energy will drop and you’ll find yourself exhausted. Make sure you have a good balance in your first week, depending on your schedule you might consider returning to work midway through instead of on a Monday to help ease you back in.


Have that catch up.


Don’t leave it too long to reconnect with your team and the people around you; the sooner you can get into a rhythm the more productive you’ll be.  Ensure you’ve transitioned back in by scheduling some time to engage with everyone you need to. Taking a break is different for everybody and some people find it more challenging than others when returning to work, so support each other and open the dialogue early.


Improve your balance with work and personal commitments such as family and exercise.


Set a plan, look at what’s available around your workplace and your home life and create a strategy. You might stay back at work an extra hour to get something done but don’t make it a habit. Get out and do what you enjoy, schedule regular activities outside of work and prioritise them. Be clear about what you want before you have a discussion with your manager about how they can help you achieve it.


It’s down to you.


At the end of the day you have to want to find that work-life balance. Your workplace may provide a variety of activities to keep you engaged and feeling good mentally and physically but it comes down to you to make that plan. Set that goal and commit to improving your balance.

About the Author
I’m Vaughan, the Vice President of Human Resources at Optus. I’ve held this role since 2009 but originally joined Optus back in 2005 as General Manager of Human Resources for Optus Business. Prior to Optus, I worked in a range of senior HR roles with Computer Sciences Corporation Australia and Westpac.