Combatting a ‘post-holiday’ inbox……….

Ok, so I went on holiday for 10 whole days. Anyone in recruitment knows this length of time is not like 10 days to a normal human, it’s more like dog years because judging by the number of emails I came back to I might as well have been away for a couple of years.


I don’t mind admitting my heart sank just a little at the prospect of wading through the “e-nami” that was my inbox. Surprisingly, they weren’t all offers and LinkedIn recommendations either.

But I subscribe to a number of industry feeds (Social Media has become all the more important) so you never know where the next relevant news article is going to appear from. So began the gentle trawl through each email and back to topping up my ‘monitor-tan’.

I then found myself doing a peculiar thing. As I was reading an email, I was then leaning over and writing out my to-do list. You can see where this is going can’t you? As my unread email list shortened, my to-do list just got longer and longer.


It’s these sorts of times I have those mini–epiphanies.

Instead of looking at an ever increasing list of things to do, I just picked up the phone. It was like a shot in the arm. I had clients asking me about my holiday, I spoke to a contact who wanted to have a coffee next week. I was even told I sounded like I’d “been away”.

All in all it was a complete reversal of how I’d felt about two hours previous staring at my inbox. And that reminded me that the nature of what we do is very personal.

Now, back to that inbox……….

Adrian Tan

Adrian Tan is CEO of The Resource Group, a boutique HR Consultancy that focuses on helping SMEs. Before this, he was the MD of RecruitPlus which he co-founded in 2004 and led to two HR Vendor of the Year award. He was named the HR Entrepreneur of the Year by SHRI in 2013. He blogs regularly on #Entrepreneurship and #HRTech on

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