Don’t be a PTO hoarder! Whether you’re packing up early on summer Fridays or trading in subzero office air conditioning for a breezy beach week, it’s time to get going. Here are some tips on how to prep yourself (and your colleagues) for your well-deserved vacation.
Approximately two weeks before your vacation, place a pair of flip-flops under your desk. Slide them on occasionally and imagine sand between your toes. (Remember to return to regular shoes before your next meeting.)
Put a “For Sale” sign on your faux sunshine lamp.
Chat with your manager about who will cover for you in your absence. Start sliding morning doughnuts on that person’s desk at least three days before your departure.
Update your screensaver with a slideshow of beaches, sunset cocktails and windsurfers. Write “Wish you were here” on a sticky note and attach. It’ll get the office gossip going when you’re out to lunch and your screensaver kicks on.
The night before departure, Google “Funny out of office messages.” Compose and delete at least three options, including this gif:
Write out: “Thank you for your message. I will be on the beach starting [Start Date] and will return to the office [Date of Return]. If you need immediate assistance during my absence (because, remember, I’ll be on a beach), please contact [Name] at [Email].
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS PROFESSIONAL, REMEMBER TO ACTUALLY TURN IT ON.
Shut off computer. Pick up flip-flops. Walk away. Breathe.
Now that know how to prep for PTO, it’s officially time to start the countdown until you’re on the beach!