Friday October 9 2015

How To Beat Those Back To Work Blues

How To Beat Those Back To Work Blues

By Melanie Astbury, HR Manager for officekitten.co.uk

There’s no escape from the harsh truth; the holiday season is over and it’s time to get back to work. As much as a break can revitalise spirits and give you a much-needed boost, that encroaching ‘back to school’ feeling can be quite difficult to deal with.

As memories of glistening oceans are replaced with piles of emails, it can be difficult to adjust and see the positives of a work life that doesn’t include teaching yoga in the Bahamas.

Here are a few tips I find helpful for shaking off the doom and gloom of the post-holiday blues:

Work out what you love and do more of it

Consider your favourite parts of your job role and speak to your boss about doing more of that. Don’t worry about asking. Your boss wants you to succeed and stay loyal to the company.

Plus, remind yourself of what it is you like about your job. Maybe once a week, think about the parts of your job you’re grateful for. Actively reminding yourself of the bits you love will give you the motivation to ride out more testing times.

Transform your work space

Coming back to the same stagnant space is demoralising. Giving your physical space a makeover can have a positive change on your personal and mental attitude. Be bold and clear out anything you don’t need in and around your desk. If your office allows it, swap desks with someone or move your desk around to give yourself a fresh perspective. 

Take on a mentor role

As well as giving your job a new-found sense of purpose, taking someone under your wing is a good way to get excited about what you do. It can have the effect of boosting flagging confidence on your and their part. You’ll find that teaching someone reinvigorates your own knowledge and reminds you exactly how far you’ve come and how much you’re capable of. You can forget your own progress over time, so mentoring can give you a real boost while helping another team member at the same time.

Work less

This may not sound possible, but make it a reality for your own sake. Working 24/7 doesn’t make you a hero. It just makes you tired and less productive. No one makes quality decisions when they’re tired. Your work life is about quality, not quantity, so focus on making each hour count rather than counting the hours. Embrace time constraints. You’ll likely find that giving yourself short deadlines produces the most creative solutions.

Find a new passion

As well as focusing on the parts of your job that you enjoy, hunt out new things that interest you. Find a new skill or go on a new course. Speak to your managers about taking on a new project that really interests you and will stretch your knowledge. Sell it as a way to learn new things and bring this knowledge back into the business. Plus, the responsibility and scope of a new project will be motivational as you bask in the glory of bettering yourself while enjoying yourself in the process.

By Melanie Astbury, HR Manager for officekitten.co.uk


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