However long you’ve been off, returning to work can be a scary, intimidating experience. Everybody gets ill from time to time, but if your condition lingers on for weeks or even longer, it’s natural that wanting to get better is tinged with the fear of being away from work for so long.
Try to communicate with your team while you are away
Whatever the reason for your absence, staying in contact with the team whilst you are absent is key if you are able to do so. If your absent due to stress then you might not be able to bear the thought of maintaining contact, but even an email update can help – and we mean it helps you just as much those in work. It doesn’t have to be a daily occurrence, but keeping your staff and other directors in the loop can help them arrange cover and even start to put measures in place for your return.
Don’t rush back too early
Some people have a habit of coming back to work too early for a number of reasons. Being absent can put you in quite a sticky financial situation if you aren’t prepared, or you might simply feel like you’re somehow letting the side down. Before you drag yourself back, it’s important to wait for the all-clear from your doctor before you return. Coming back too early could cause you to need to take more time off in the long run, too!
Focus on your recovery
It goes without saying, focusing on your recovery should be your main goal. This can be hard to do for some people, but not resting while injured can only serve to slow down your recovery in the long run.
While recovering, take this time to start that book you got for your birthday, watch a bit of daytime television or if you’re up to it, take some online courses to keep your mind active.
Look into a lifestyle change
If you know that you are going to be away from work for a long time, have you got time to consider exploring other avenues? Perhaps it’s time to explore the option of working remotely while you focus on recovery. Or, researching other projects and ideas that you could have lined up ready for when you’re back to full health.
Ease back into your daily routine
When you return to work, it’s important not to rush back full force. Your doctor will be able to suggest ways to ease back into things if you have suffered from a bad back, for example. As an employer yourself, you have a duty to make this process as safe as possible for your staff. Just make sure you’re doing the same for yourself to make settling back into the office easier. You may need to alter your desk setup or working hours to make returning to the office more manageable.
Have you ever experienced returning to work after an injury? Do you have any tips for others in the same situation? Let us know in the comments down below.
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