With summer just around the corner, people all over are starting to prepare for a little summer vacation with their friends or family.
When you’re only going to be away from work for a day or two, there usually isn’t a lot that you need to do to prepare for your absence at work. But if you’re planning on taking a longer vacation, you’ll likely need to do a little more prep work. To help you with this, here are three ways to prepare at work for taking a long vacation.
Take Care Of Work That Can’t Wait
One of the first things you should do at work when you’re preparing to be away from the office for a while is to take care of any work that won’t be able to wait for you to get back.
The sooner you’re able to look at your workload and try to prioritize what needs to be done now and what can wait, the better off you’ll be with your vacation preparations. While this might require you to have to buckle down and get in a few extra hours as you get ready to leave for your vacation, if you’re able to take care of all of your work leading up to your trip, you shouldn’t have to stress about it while on vacation or try to find time while you’re on vacation to fit in some work.
Prep Your Team For Your Absence
Unless you’re working in your business all by yourself, there are probably other people that you work with that you’ll need to prep for your absence.
The first part of prepping your coworkers for your vacation time is to let them know when you’ll be out of the office. With this knowledge, your coworkers will be able to set up meetings to ensure that they have what they need from you before you leave. While some of this might be work that they need you to assist them with, your coworkers can also help you to double-check that things around the office will be okay while you’re gone by checking that all instruments or tools are gauged correctly.
Make A Plan For Communication
Another thing that you’ll have to consider as you get ready to take some vacation time away from work is what your expectations are for getting communication from work while you’re away.
For some people, taking work calls on occasion won’t ruin their vacation for them. But for others, being able to completely disconnect is what they’re looking for. Regardless of which option best suits you, make sure you share these expectations with your coworkers and boss so that each of you know what to expect while you’re on vacation.
If you have a longer vacation on the calendar at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this time off.