First Reference company logo

First Reference Talks

News and Discussions on Payroll, HR & Employment Law

decorative image

Suffering from back-to-work-blues? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!


Although it’s called a holiday “vacation” it’s doubtful that many of you actually had time to relax this holiday season. With all the parties and celebrations you have likely put in many late nights, spent time travelling and indulging in holiday treats and cocktails. Well the party is over! The beginning of January marks that time when the late nights and lazy mornings end. That’s right, it’s time to head back to work! And those who are heading back to work this week might be feeling the winter season post-holiday blues.

It’s not easy gearing up to go back to work; you have to prepare yourself both physically and mentally in order to get back into the “work mode.” For some of us this is more challenging, especially if you were enjoying your holiday vacation on a beach under the sun. Regardless of whether you spent your time off enjoying the company of a beach or the company of your in-laws, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself to get back to work.


This may sound outrageous to some of you, but think back to your holiday vacation; chances are you were kept occupied the entire time. Between the parties and celebrations, shopping and entertaining, did you really get a moment to relax? That’s why this is number one on the list. Take some time over the next week or so to put your feet up after work, order in and get to bed early.

Plan something in January

It’s hard coming off of a week or two of non-stop dinners and parties. Once January comes around you might feel as though there is nothing exciting coming up in the future. Try planning an event in January with your colleagues in the office so that everyone has something to look forward to! Ideas: potluck lunch, staff appreciation, team building session.

Stay positive

This can be difficult when you transition from sleeping in and attending holiday events, to waking up early and working a full day. However, one of our recommendations is to stay positive by making some New Year’s resolutions in your office. Small changes can make a big difference in your day-to-day work life.

Get your internal clock back on track

Chances are you haven’t been up at your regular working hours over the holidays. The first day back to work can be extra difficult when your alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. for the first time in over a week. Try setting your alarm to “work” the day before your scheduled shift. Even one extra day can help get your internal clock back on track.

Clear Path Employer Services

Follow me

Clear Path Employer Services

Certified HR consultants and medical professionals at Clear Path Employer Services
Clear Path Employer Services is a team of certified HR consultants and medical professionals dedicated to resolving the human resources and claims management challenges facing businesses across Ontario. The company was founded in 2003 by Anna Aceto-Guerin, a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) specializing in WSIB claims management and NEER cost containment, with a focus on return-to-work programs and acquiring SIEF cost relief for employers. Read more
Follow me

Latest posts by Clear Path Employer Services (see all)


, , , , , , ,

Comments are currently closed.