Way Out

When you are going back to your work, you need to build in a way out. A tool that you can use when you need it. So that you can step out of the situation. An escape.


In Phase 1 (1.11) making agreements, I explain why this is not possible yet. This certainly also applies to the second phase. You will notice even more that what you want and can differ considerably. So, in your head you have all kinds of things that you would like to do, but in the performance at work that can be quite disappointing in the beginning. You misjudge what you already can do. Then it is very nice to have a way out.


It is important that you can pull the emergency brake and get out of the situation. So, no matter what, but you can leave the situation.


It is good to discuss this with your manager. So that he/she knows that this is the case. That when everything gets too much, you can step out of the situation.


Own experience


I had agreed with my team leader to let the class go earlier and to schedule a self-study hour when I needed it. I used it a lot in the beginning. Especially if I had taught the exam classes, I was tired afterwards. The other classes then got a study hour, or I let them go earlier.


That gave me so much peace and confidence. Because I could practice with my load, it got better and better. One time 60 minutes of teaching went fine and the other time not at all. I got to know my taxes.


Eventually I started to use this emergency brake less and less. But the knowledge that he is still there (even now, after 2.5 years) that gives peace of mind.


What’s positive?

The way out is a means that helps you when things are not going well. You use this to prevent that the reintegration from becoming too difficult and hindering your recovery.


Use it whenever you need to, even if you’re a little further along in recovery.



1.       You can’t live without it; you must build it in

2.       Because it’s there, you can experiment with your tax

3.       Don’t worry about colleagues who don’t seem to get it, they haven’t had a burnout.

4.       Also remember that the works are a red zone (read planning in phase 1) and that there must be green zones somewhere to compensate.

For the employer

This may seem strange, but because the employee is reintegrating, and he will make wrong decisions. He will experience too much work, too many stimuli, too much unrest. That’s because what he wants and can, be different.


The employee is figuring out how big his tax can be. The idea that he can make a pit stop for a while helps enormously. The employee must feel the security that he can step out of the situation and catch his breath.


It is best to discuss what that looks like with the employee himself. Is that stopping and going home, or taking a walk, being alone, you name it. 


But build in this way out, you will see that the recovery is going faster.