Holiday handover


Here at Office Angels, we’re big advocates of being able to recharge your batteries with the odd holiday, mini break, or long weekend; but whilst time-out is designed to help you to relax, refocus and rejuvenate, the run up to that much needed break can spell early starts, late nights, and bucket loads of stress, as you try to cram three weeks worth of work into one.

But before you break out into a cold sweat and run for the nearest exit, see if our tops tips for holiday handovers can ease some of the pressure.

Get organised
It’s important not to leave your handover to the 11th hour. If you clock out with a trail of unexplained projects behind you, they’re likely to stay that way. Make a detailed list, and indicate clearly the action that needs to be taken for each point.

Be realistic
Putting in a few extra hours before your holiday can give you peace of mind and help you to switch off at the end of the working day; but you have to draw the line somewhere. Ask yourself how much you can realistically get done in the time that you have, and accept that some things might have to be left to your colleagues. We’re sure they’ll be happy to help if they’re a good bunch.

Handover notes
Make sure you give your colleagues clear directions about what needs to be done, and how important each task is. That way, if they don’t have time to do everything, you can relax safe in the knowledge that the most important things will have been taken care of.  And always remember to give them as much detail as you can.

And if you’re nice enough to be covering for a colleague:

Plan ahead
If you’re going to cover somebody else’s workload, ask for handover notes well in advance to give you time for queries and questions. A good trick is to tell the colleague in question that you’re not available for a handover on their last day; that way, they’ll have to brief you beforehand.

Don’t blame others
This could be a great chance to prove yourself, so if your colleagues’ handover notes aren’t quite up to par, try not to criticise them. Instead, concentrate on finding a resolution to the problem in hand.

Speak out
During times of pressure, don’t suffer in silence. If you are over-worked, ask to talk to your boss about how to manage your workload, and what to prioritise. And try not to be negative, just ask for help.

Now take a breath and enjoy your holiday!