Post-Vacation Blues

By Paula Santonocito

BusinesswomanYou’ve had an absolutely fabulous, well-deserved vacation. But instead of coming back refreshed and recharged, you return to reality only to find you’re completely fed up with your job.

Back to the Grind

What do you do if you’re so sick of it all that you want to quit?

It’s important to first figure out what’s triggering your attitude.

For example, it could be that your staff didn’t follow through on tasks you expected them to accomplish in your absence. Or maybe your boss dumped a huge, uninteresting project on your desk while you were away.

On the other hand, it may be that compared to the tropical paradise from which you’ve just returned your inner city office looks like the set for a bad movie. Perhaps you now notice everything, from the poor fluorescent lighting to the chipped veneer on your desk. And of course there’s the lousy coffee.

No matter what the circumstances, you should ask: Is it really the work, the people or the place?

Or is it that your perception is skewed?

A fantastic vacation can cast your daily world in a new light.

While the experience is great in that it has opened your eyes to new possibilities, it can also create unrealistic expectations.