Vacation is the key to a comfortable work environment. Employees who are not taking breaks from work tend to be stressed out and the quality of work suffers. Read our tips for better vacation management that everyone will be satisfied with:
1. The sooner the better
Be prepared for the most exhausting times of the year. Usually, these are summer and holiday seasons. Ask your employees to submit their vacation requests at least a month in advance. That gives you the opportunity to plan out a strategy and time to deal with difficulties that might occur.
2. Define your policies clearly
Be clear about the standards in your business. Every staff member should know the rules from day one. For example, you have to clarify how many vacation days every employee has. If one can't use all in one year, can they be carried over to the next? It is a lot of work to think about all circumstances, but it is worth it. Most important rule for yourself: make all facts known and insist on them. If there happens to be a time where absences are impossible, you should inform your employees as soon as possible - even during the hiring process so you're on the safe side!
3. Have Emergency Help Available
Hourly employees are the knights in shining armour. Make sure that there are always some reliable part-time workers available when you are in need. Students are often a great help in critical times, especially during holiday season when they are looking for jobs anyway: you offer them work experience on the one hand, and lower your costs for your employees holiday replacement on the other.