You've requested the days off, booked your flight, and started attempting to fit your liquids into their TSA-approved bag. You're ready to head off on your vacation but before you shut down your computer, there's a few things you should do at work before you head out to make your return easier.
While you have already let your boss know about your planned vacation, have you let your coworkers know? While you don't need to send an office wide email about your tropical getaway, you should let those you work closely with know that you'll be out of the office. Besides just letting them know that you'll be out of the office, let them know if there's any loose ends they need to finish up for you or anything they should keep an eye out for. Depending on your work environment, you should also let them know how reachable you will be. While completely disconnecting is obviously preferred, if you are not able to, let them know how often you plan on checking in and if you will actual have reception at your destination.
Another thing to do before you board your flight is to set limits on how reachable you will be while you're on vacation. Let your boss and coworkers know if you will fully disconnect from work while you're on vacation or if you'll still be checking your emails once a day. How much or how little you check in can vary depending on your company culture. If you are not completely disconnecting, let your coworkers know when it is appropriate to reach out to you and if your location allows you to quickly respond. Learn more about disconnecting from work here.
The final thing to do before you completely check out is to set an automatic out of office. This will allow those both within your company and outside of it to know that you are currently out of the office and will be responding to email upon your return. In these, it is a good idea to include the email of who they should contact if they have immediate needs that cannot wait until your return.
You've set your out of office and packed your bags, now all that's left is some much needed relaxation. What do you do to prepare for vacation at work?