6 tips for a
smooth return to work after summer vacation

Summer vacation is over and that means many of us are returning to the daily work routine. After weeks of relaxation and carefree days, the transition to work mode can be a bit challenging. But don’t worry! By adopting the right mindset and implementing a few helpful strategies, you can seamlessly get back to work and become even more productive than before.

At Symbol, we believe that everyone is an essential link within the organization.
Therefore, in order to function optimally and effectively, it is important to meet the challenges at every level and within every department with fresh courage every day.
Therefore, here we share 6 tips to assist you in a smooth transition from your vacation to your workplace.


1. Give yourself time to acclimate

Take time to get used to your work environment and reconnect with your colleagues. Allow yourself the first two days to adjust and find your rhythm. Use this opportunity to reflect on your work processes and explore ways to improve efficiency using Lean transformation principles.

2. Plan ahead and keep it organized

Start by creating a detailed schedule for your first week after the vacations. Set priorities, create a to-do list and identify the most important projects that need to be taken up. Use methods such as Kanban boards to gain visual insight into your tasks and progress.
This helps you do the right things at the right time.

3. Start with small tasks

Don’t dive into the deep end right away. Start with smaller, less overwhelming tasks to get back into the work flow. Small tasks are less overwhelming and done faster; they give you a sense of accomplishment, which can help you stay motivated. Starting small will help you find your rhythm and build your confidence.

4. Minimize distractions

After a period of relaxation, distractions can be especially distracting. Reduce distractions by applying Lean principles to your work environment. Organize your workplace according to
5S principles
(Separate, Arrange, Clean, Standardize, Stand) to promote efficiency and focus. Reduce digital noise by limiting notifications on your mobile, and if you do not need internet for a while and it is possible, you can put your laptop or mobile on flight-mode. To help your concentration, you can also put on quiet music (do bring your headphones).
Did you know that research has shown that classical music can help you concentrate better, so bring your headphones and put on a piece of Mozart or Vivaldi.

5. Take breaks and exercise

To optimize your work rhythm and maintain your energy level, it is important to take regular breaks.
Several studies have shown that short breaks can enhance cognitive processes. You could possibly use the Pomodoro Technique, which is designed to improve focus and concentration by dividing work into short, manageable intervals.
Every 25 minutes you then take a 5-minute break.
Use this timer as a tool , when the timer goes off you can take a 5-minute break. You don’t have to, of course, stick to this very rigidly; flexibility is important.

6. Communicate with your team/colleagues.

Hold a team meeting to get everyone on the same page and discuss goals for the coming weeks.
Lean transformation stresses the importance of good communication and collaboration, so make sure everyone is on the same page.
Identify opportunities to streamline processes and reduce waste by leveraging input from team members.

After a well-deserved vacation, it can be difficult to get back into work mode.
But with the help of Lean transformation and helpful tips, you can pick up your work quickly and effectively.
Reflect on your return to work and discover how to improve processes.
Remember, every small gesture counts and pursuing continuous improvement is the key to success in the post-holiday season.



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