There’s nothing like that moment of excitement before going on holiday. As a recruiter, you may feel that heading off to the sun, dipping in the pool, emails & LinkedIn messages whilst making sure your candidate interviews are all running smoothly go hand in hand. What this really means however is that work time eats into your holiday time.
Blood is Thicker than [Salt] Water
Whether it’s a short European city break or sunbathing for a fortnight on the beach, if you’re going with other people such as family or friends, it’s your prime time to reconnect with the world.
However, reading your emails is a hard habit to break. We’re attached to technology. In most jobs, we never shut off. Going on holiday can be particularly challenging because you want to instantly disconnect once you put your ‘out of office’ on. You may feel like you’re missing out. Spending time answering emails and dealing with candidates, may be your way of keeping the fear of a mounting workload at bay. But this can be annoying to your fellow holidaymakers.
Preparation is key
If you work in a team, you’ll need to speak to them well in advance. You” need to let them know your dates of travel but more importantly delegating all your live vacancy, client and candidate information and to only contact you in an emergency.
You might be tempted to check in regularly to keep up with what’s happening. This will show your support and be on hand should anything go wrong. However, this pretty much makes your holiday null and void. Worrying about what’s happening when you’re on holiday leads you to being too occupied during your rest time.
Keep a clear head
If you do need to respond to any texts or emails, then do it succinctly and efficiently as possible. For example, it might be an idea to set aside just 10 minutes a day, perhaps first thing in the morning, to respond. This will also hopefully ensure that you are responding with a clear head, it doesn’t impact on others around too much and there is no alcohol involved!
When you return, you’ll have to work a close hand over and de-brief on what happened in your absence. It might have been stressful for your team because on top of their own workload, they would have been dealing with unfamiliar candidates, providing feedback to clients they might not know and arranging interviews until you return.
Who are Ya?
Whilst juggling family commitments and keeping your team happy, there’s one person not to be forgotten when it comes to holidays.
You go on holiday for a reason. To re-charge the batteries, escape the hustle, explore something new or break the every-day cycle. Whatever it is, it’s important to remember that if your not careful, your body and mind will soon forget or not even reap the benefit of your break away.
The problems arising around holiday time for recruiters are clear to see. But it’s up to you how to manage them. After all, it affects the health and happiness of you and the most important people around you.