The holidays can be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation, but returning to work after a break can also be a source of stress and a decrease in motivation for employees. According to a survey by the mental health charity, Mind, over a third (34%) of UK employees feel overwhelmed by their workload upon returning to work after a holiday, and 29% feel anxious about returning to work (Mind, 2018). These statistics highlight the importance of addressing and managing any potential dips in motivation after the holiday season.
One possible reason for a lack of motivation upon returning to work is the feeling of being disconnected from colleagues and work responsibilities. Taking time off can disrupt the sense of structure and purpose that work provides, making it more difficult to jump back into the swing of things. It can also be hard to readjust to the routine and demands of work after a period of relaxation and leisure.
To overcome any lack of motivation after the holidays, it may be helpful for employees to set small, achievable goals for the first week back. This can help reestablish a sense of purpose and accomplishment, and can serve as a stepping stone to tackling larger tasks. It can also be helpful to reconnect with colleagues and collaborate on projects, as social support can improve motivation and job satisfaction.
In addition to setting goals and seeking social support, taking care of one’s mental health can also be crucial for maintaining motivation. This may include setting aside time for self-care, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and finding ways to relax and destress. Employers can also play a role in supporting employee mental health by promoting a positive work culture and offering resources such as Employee Assistance Programs or mental health days.
Overall, returning to work after a break can be a challenging transition, but with some planning and self-care, employees can overcome any lack of motivation and hit the ground running in the new year.