What Bosses Really Think About Returning to the Office After a Vacation
It’s true that the most important relationships are forged in the crucible of the office, as I learned when I took my first internship. Since then, I have worked in five offices across the country, and I can honestly say that I’ve never had a more meaningful conversation or experience than when I was working in a corporate environment.
In an effort to better understand this unique set of relationships, I’ve spent the past year taking a look at how bosses actually think about returning to work after taking time off. What I found was eye-opening, to say the least.
Here are the top five questions that my bosses asked me, after I told them that I planned on taking a long vacation. I’ve compiled them into one blog post so you can get a sense of how they really feel.
1. Is it really all worth it?
What I learned from all of these conversations was that it is sometimes even harder to bring back the same level of efficiency and productivity to work that they had before.
There are so many elements to bringing new energy to the workplace, and this is just one example.
For example, I learned from my boss how she felt about bringing me back:
“I have to get back into my work routine now because I have two things to get back to. They’re both important to my company.”
“I know, but you have to get back into the work rhythm now so you can complete the work that you were originally assigned to get back to.”
“Oh yeah, I know, but if you leave me any slack in there, it might affect the quality of our work output.”
“Okay. I get it. I get that you guys just have to have two things get completed to get back into your