Time of the day

What you may think about is the time when you will be working. Many companies have a certain rhythm in the day and in the week. When is it busy and when is it less busy, that can affect your recovery.


In the beginning it is useful to go to work in the quieter time. So that you stay out of the crowd and can calmly get used to the situation. In time you can shift to a moment on which there is more hassle


Also think of the crowds on the street. At sometimes you will be in a traffic jam for a long time, or you will be in a full train. Here too you have to make smart choices.



Own experience

After 2.30 pm most children are no longer at school. Then there is time to prepare and discuss the lessons. I used this time to get used to school. I went to school around 2.30 pm. I would talk to some colleagues and then I would go home again. Traffic was still quite calm, so that didn’t bother me.


That went very well. I could get used to going back to work. Over time, I started to push my limits a bit. So that I went to school more and more during the busier times. To get used to normal working life.


What’s positive

If you go when it’s quiet, you can practice a bit. Getting used to the building, colours, smells, some colleagues. This way you can build a little self-confidence in peace and slowly come back.



1.    If you choose the right time, it’s less exciting

2.    You are not immediately in the full wind, that makes your recovery process more solid

3.    You can build trust and integrate faster

4.    It also gives clarity to your substitute and your employer


For the employer

For the employee, being able to practice at quiet times is very helpful. He can then get used to the organization and carry out small work. If the employee regains a bit more confidence, he can also come to work at other (busier) times.


Discuss this with the employee and take a good look at what is or is not possible.