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Editor’s note: First, at Zyncro, we would like to welcome our new blog contributor, Sara Jurado, psychologist specialized in career counseling and social media for professional development and, currently, professional counselor at Barcelona Activa. Sara will share with us here her knowledge on HR 2.0. Thanks, Sara, and welcome to ZyncroBlog 😉
If you’re just back from your summer vacation, I’m sure you’ve heard or said one of the typical comments that fill the water-cooler conversations these days: “ugh, I’ve been dreading going back”, “I’ve got post-vacation blues”. Are we just moaning or simply do we find it hard to adapt to the change?
According Randstad Spain, this year 14% less employees will suffer symptoms of the popular “post-vacation blues” than in 2011. More specifically, the study performed on a random selection of 1,000 individuals shows 53.3% of Spaniards admit to having returned to their jobs in complete normality. What’s with this variation?
These are issues I plan to cover in my first contribution to this blog, in which I will write about topics associated with HR 2.0.
Is there any truth to the term “post-vacation blues”?
Colloquially, it has been given this name, but the disorder which impedes adaptation to the new daily rhythm isn’t clinical. If you suffer any of the following symptoms—irritability, insomnia, sadness, headaches, loss of appetite, apathy, lack of concentration, no need to go to your physician (unless they continue for a number of weeks). Simply your mind and your body are undergoing a process of readjustment to the change in times and daily activities.
This syndrome is shown in greater or lesser degree depending on the individual’s capacity for flexibility, attitude and job satisfaction. So it may be a great moment to reflect on your professional career.
Why has the “post-vacation blues” decreased?
Some of the reasons that have led to this increase in the number of employees who claim to have returned to their jobs without being affected by this syndrome are:
- Shorter vacations: Not having traveled as much, having fewer days vacation or taking them spaced out are factors that have prevented us from disconnecting more than other years from our daily routine, and hence the return to work takes less out of us. With the crisis, many people have opted to spend their days vacation closer to home (in their own homes or with relatives), to divide up their vacations instead of taking all the days together, or even to give up some days due to their company’s situation and/or their job stability. So if one of the tips for overcoming “post-vacation blues” is to reincorporate yourself into your routine gradually, this measure is barely necessary this year.
- Culture 2.0: Our way of relating to one another has changed. With the introduction of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices with internet connection, the border between our professional and personal lives is becoming blurred. Practices that were unthinkable before, such as having work colleagues in Facebook or communicating with a work contact via WhatsApp or Skype are more common. Who hasn’t read an email or a query related with work outside your working day? Social media means that we don’t escape our professional reality 100%: in the peace of our leisure, it is normal to spend a free moment reading a professional blog or networking. Maybe this variable has influenced us to the degree that only 2% admit to being able to disconnect completely while on vacation according to a survey carried out by the newspaper RRHHDigital. While a report by Google concludes that 68% of users access the Internet each day from their mobile and never leave the house without it, as well as 42% use it in an airport.
- Positivism: Given the current economic climate and the number of our acquaintances who are unemployed, those of us who have a job feel fortunate. Some say that this has a direct impact on our commitment to our jobs, although I think this is somewhat superficial and does denote a certain conformism. The case is the moaning conversation on returning to work is easy to end with comments worthy of a self-help book like “At least we have a job”…