Easing the Transition - HR Strategies for a Smooth Return to Work After the Festive Break

  • 22 December 2023
  • HR Katie x pirkx at pirkx
  • 3 minutes read

Easing the Transition - HR Strategies for a Smooth Return to Work After the Festive Break

As the ever-enticing festive break draws near, it is essential for businesses to gear up for a smooth return to work for their team. The transition from holiday mode to the work mode can be challenging, but with thoughtful planning, HR professionals can ensure a seamless, if not slightly apprehensive, return for employees.

Although perhaps we don’t want to think about it just yet, by implementing these strategies, HR professionals can create a supportive and positive environment, facilitating a smooth transition for employees returning to work after the festive break.

Here's our e-guide on how to best prepare your workforce for the post-festive return to work.


Advance Communication:

Begin the preparation well in advance by communicating with employees about the return-to-work plans. Send out clear, detailed communications outlining expectations, any changes in schedules, and important dates. This proactive approach allows employees to prepare themselves for the shift back to work mode.


Flexible Schedules:

Acknowledge that employees may need some flexibility during the initial days back at work due to school and family commitments. Consider implementing flexible schedules, if feasible, to ease the transition. This can include staggered start times or the option for remote work to accommodate personal commitments and help employees ease back into the routine.


Wellness Initiatives:

With blue Monday around the corner, the post-festive period can be physically and mentally taxing for employees. Introduce wellness initiatives to promote a healthy start. This can include wellness workshops, stress-relief activities, or even just recognising your employees’ efforts in the workplace.


Setting Clear Expectations:

Getting back into the swing of things is always hard. Clarify expectations regarding workloads, deadlines, and any pending projects. A clear roadmap for the upcoming weeks will help employees focus and prioritize their tasks, reducing potential stress and anxiety associated with returning to work after a break.


Goal Setting and Planning:

Collaboratively set goals and priorities for the upcoming weeks. Consider hosting a strategy day, allow employees to share their objectives and plans, fostering a sense of ownership and

empowerment. This collaborative approach not only sets a positive tone but also aligns the team towards shared objectives.


Open Channels for Feedback:

Over their time off employees will have had a chance for reflection. Establish channels for employees to share feedback about their experiences returning to work after the festive break. This feedback can provide valuable insights into what worked well and areas that may need improvement, allowing HR to continuously refine their strategies.

We showed our guide to HR Katie, who said “With everybody currently in wind down mood, it really will help you be ahead of the game by being prepared for coming back in the New Year. If employers and HR professionals can be proactive it will really help them get ready to switch from holiday cheer to gear up for the year!”

And in the meantime, enjoy your break!

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