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The 5 phases of settling back into work after the holidays

Deel Team

January is in full swing and so is “circle back” season. Saying goodbye to the holidays and settling back into work is often met with a lot of mixed emotions (and it doesn’t help that Janu-worry feels 500 days long 😭). 

To remind you that you’re not alone in this, we’ve put together a round-up of memes that capture the 5 phases we’ll all most likely go through as we get back into the swing of things. 

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Phase 1: Panic with a sprinkle of Sunday Scaries

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Phase 2: Denial (we’ve all been there)


Stage 3: Getting in some “deep work” after finally getting through all your emails and Slacks


Phase 4: Powering through those first few meetings

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Phase 5: When you get that email notification from Alicia (we’re all counting down the days!)

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Did we miss any phases? Let us know in the comments and feel free to drop any memes that perfectly describe how you’re feeling about work right now.