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Oct 03

Christmas @ Work

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Vacations are a key fringe benefit for millions of American workers. Time off from the job allows families to play together, complete household projects, and recharge the batteries needed to sustain effective work productivity. Establishing and observing three important principles for vacations will keep your business running smoothly and optimize your customer service, while giving your employees the time off they need.


Establish a clear and consistent vacation policy. Confirm that all requests will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Determine the maximum length of vacation allowed at one time. Some firms limit vacations to one or two weeks at a time. Determine how conflicting requests will be resolved. Christmas can be an especially difficult time. When multiple requests come in at the same time, will preference be based on seniority? Will you alternate requests from year to year? Can your employees resolve conflicts among themselves? How will emergency requests be handled?


Set clear ground rules. Set definite guidelines for requesting vacation time and communicate them to your staff. Regardless of the size of your enterprise, it is important to put your policy in writing, stating how and when requests may be submitted, how conflicting requests will be resolved, and what staffing levels are required to maintain customer service and company operations.


Encourage your employees to plan ahead. Set a date (October 1 is a good example) when requests will be considered for the following year. Establish a standard of first come, first served. Few employees will request next year's summer vacation nine months in advance, but a policy of granting requests on a first come, first served basis will encourage better long-term planning and will settle many disputes.

Establish minimum staffing levels. Determine how many people it takes to maintain your operations at optimum levels, and limit the number of employees that may be on vacation at any given time. For example, an automotive dealership with 14 sales professionals might be able to schedule effectively with a staff of ten, so four requests could be granted during a given period. The dealership's service department, on the other hand, may only be able to allow one engine mechanic at a time to take vacation. If you establish clear staffing requirements in advance, your employees will understand why some dates are available and others are not.

If you establish a fair and consistent vacation policy, communicate those guidelines clearly to your staff, and maintain an even-handed administration of the rules, you will keep your business running smoothly and keep your employees happy, rested, and ready to work.


Steve Marr, Your Christian Business Coach

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