On Thursday May 9th, when I leave my office, I will not be returning until May 22nd. Thank. God. I love my work. I really do. I work with great people, I have great clients and an even better boss, however, I have never needed a vacation more in my life. You see, the last quarter of 2012 was maybe the busiest quarter of my life, until the first quarter of 2013, then that was the busiest quarter of my life. And even though I had Christmas off, I feel like I haven’t stopped in months. That’s probably because I had food poisoning over the holidays followed by slipping on some ice and hitting my head. What’s that all about? I didn’t get the break that I so desperately needed, and now that it’s the 5th month of the year, I’m finally taking some me time getting the f-outta-here!!!
So because of my much needed vacation, I’m going to give you all a list of how to tell if one of your colleagues needs a holiday, so that you don’t misinterpret their nasty stress levels for who they really are:
- They seem unusually angry. Like so angry that if you’re near them you can feel the heat radiate off of their skin. If you’re near a person like this, kindly drop off vacation deals that you’ve found and a $20 to help them pay for their trip.
- The nice girl/guy has turned into the biggest b-word in the history of the office. It feels unnatural when nice people get mean. It’s like the world is out of order. When this happens, casually drop lines like ‘oh, when is your next vacation’ or more directly ‘maybe you should go on vacation?’
- When they can’t seem to make it into work. Either they are sick or need to work from home. What this probably means is that they need to take time off and not work at all. Like not even think of it. At. All. If you notice a person doing this, I recommend signing them up for travel contests in the hopes that they win.
- They start to come to work disheveled, looking like Nick Nolte and acting like Kramer when he had unlimited free coffee. First things first, be sure they haven’t picked up a recreational drug habit. Then offer to pay for their vacation. Just kidding. I know you can’t afford that. Tell them they should take a couple of days off and to come back after they’ve showered.
Try to remember that once upon a time your colleague was a decent person and that they don’t actually hate you. They may be acting this way, but it’s just cause their brain is tired and they need a mental holiday. Unfortunately, I displayed many of the above four items, which I am #1 embarrassed about, and #2 finally taking my vacation while trying to get on Jimmy Fallon. For the last month I have been feeling like a mentally disturbed, tired, angry, disheveled coffee addict. I look forward to coming back as a refreshed, happy, coffee addict. So work friends, soon I will bid you adieu.