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GOING ON VACATION? MAKE SURE YOU DO THESE 3 THINGS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE OFFICE

GOING ON VACATION? MAKE SURE YOU DO THESE 3 THINGS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE OFFICE

Its summer and most of us are planning to take time off from work to enjoy some much needed R&R.  You’ve worked hard all year around and it’s finally time to relax but before you drop those papers and hit the road, make sure you do these 3 things:

1.       Set a useful out of office reply: why do I say useful? Because I’ve seen out of office replies that simply say “I am out of the office”.  That is not very helpful for the people trying to get stuff done while you are out. While I am not asking you to give details about where you are, you should at least include the following:

a.       If you are going to be out of the country without access to email, you should state that.

b.      The dates you will be out and when will you be back in the office.

c.       Contact information for other people that can help in your absence --make sure these people are ok with you putting them as points of contact

2.       Complete any outstanding tasks: I strongly advise you to work as hard as you can to deliver or finish any outstanding projects or tasks. Leaving tasks halfway done or incomplete before going on vacation probably means that someone else will have to pick up your slack or that you are going to have to pick it up when you return.  Granted, ongoing large projects that have multiple tasks will inevitably be delegated to someone else on your absence. What I am advising you to do is to do as much as you can to leave your projects and responsibilities in good standing before you mentally check out and go on vacation mode.

3.       Leave your desk organized and clean: this one is especially important if you are going to be gone for more than a few days. You should try to put away important papers/documents in your drawers and clear any clutter you may have. You should also wipe the surfaces and make sure you don’t leave any food/beverages that could go bad while you are gone. This last one is especially important---trust me. I once forgot to take my lunchbox home right before leaving for a vacation and it had some leftover food inside. Upon my return, my coworkers were talking about this stench that wouldn’t go away. When I realized it was my lunchbox, I quietly grabbed the lunchbox and threw it straight in the trash.  Since then, I always make sure not leave anything that could create a stench bomb while I am gone.

Hope these tips were helpfull! Remember to fully disconnect and enjoy your vacay so that you return fully recharged and ready to hustle!

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