Planning Stress-Free Time Out of the Office This Summer

While leading a company, it can be difficult to take time away from the office, and not be attached to your Blackberry.  However, with the warm weather upon us, it can be a great time to get away for a stress-free vacation.  Jean Chatzky recently discussed her tips for leaving the office behind to get away for summer.

  • Delegate: If there is a system set up where you can be confident that tasks are being handled, it will be much easier to leave. It is also a way to show employees that you trust them.
  • Spread the word: Personally let clients know that you will be out of the office for a certain period of time.  Setting up an “out of the office” message on your email will also help. In case an urgent matter comes up, let clients know who they can talk to.
  • Minimize the damage: Have someone in your office open your mail while you are gone, and flag what is important, and delete any junk.
  • Schedule a time for catching up: Things will be hectic upon your return.  Make sure that the first 2-3 days have no meetings planned so you can focus on catching up.

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