I've had a great summer.
I love my job.
I even love my everyday life.
Still, today's adjustment is tough.
I'm not alone.
For many around me, the summer has held more than sun, rosé wine, fjords, and mountains.
A friend suddenly lost his father.
A girlfriend is wondering if now is the time to leave her husband.
The neighbor hasn't slept for weeks due to young children with chickenpox on speed.
What they all have in common is that they are capable (and exhausted) people starting work again these days.
Now it's time to be kind.
Because the holiday doesn't always feel like a holiday.
As we return to the office, we must remember that. If you're a leader, you must remember it even more. And perhaps be extra kind.
Last summer, I met my boss, Geir, at the office on the first day after the holiday. He made it very clear that it was a rough start. He even hinted that he would be a bit grumpy for about a week.
Not because he had a tough summer, but because the transition to everyday life felt brutal at that moment. We laughed about it.
It left an impression that our top leader expressed his ambivalence so clearly. I loved it. The openness and honesty. And I thought we should do more of this, we should put it into words. Because transitions can be intense for everyone.
We are wise to show those around us that we are human. And we are wise to be kind. Always.
In the coming weeks, at Stacc, we will help each other remember what we were doing back in June.
Once we remember, we will welcome a dozen new hires and celebrate them. Then we will have breakfasts and lunches together and feel the joy of meeting again. It will be good.
But first, we should allow ourselves to be more or less awake individuals searching for our work enthusiasm and motivation again.
August, we greet you!