Returning To Your Department After a Break: How to Hit the Ground Running

Posted by Shift Admin on August 14, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Your past week has been spent on the beach, sipping a fruity drink with the warm ocean breeze blowing slowly by.

But soon enough, it will be time to return home to errands, kids’ sports practices, and work. Let’s look at a few things you can do to make the transition more manageable.

Reset and organize your house

Before everyone goes back to school and back to work, it’s a good idea to get your house back into “normal” order. Get the whole family involved in resetting after vacation mode by cleaning, unpacking, and preparing for your everyday routines. Move those vacation essentials like t-shirts and flip flops to the side and pack school bags, work briefcases, and move scrubs and school clothes to the front of the closet.

It’s important to take these simple steps to a clean, organized house before you return to work. After an inevitably chaotic day back, it will reduce your stress and give you a place to unwind.

Map out personal to-dos

You have so many obligations between work and your family, and taking mental notes isn’t an option. Knowing what you have coming up will allow you to make changes to your schedule if needed.

Once you return from vacation, sync up with your spouse and family on upcoming events, to-dos, and responsibilities. Input these tasks on a shared family calendar or simply posted in your kitchen – anything to help you get these important things done post-vacation. If your vacation is during August, make note of any meet the teacher nights or end of summer events, then make sure you don’t have any conflicts with your work schedule.

Check in with your colleagues

After checking in with family, sync up with coworkers to know group and facility tasks ahead of you. Ask how things have been while you’ve been out, then make a plan with your group in case adjustments need to be made.

Take a look at your schedule to see if you want to pick up additional shifts, swap shifts, or otherwise adjust your schedule for your week back. This is made easiest when your group uses a digital scheduling software like Shift Admin.

If you were off the grid for an extended amount of time, chances are you have several work emails to tackle. Take inventory of all messages, then prioritize the most urgent emails. Aim to answer the important emails before you return to work to feel on top of your game.


Vacation time can feel amazing, but returning to “real life” doesn’t have to be a shock. Stay productive and on track with efficient scheduling and reporting through Shift Admin.

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Topics: Work Productivity