We’re all going on a summer holiday…

June 30, 2023

It’s that time of year again, the school holidays are fast approaching and we’re all thinking about booking some annual leave to enjoy the summer, whether that be home or away! The only problem is that we’re all trying to go at the same time. And as the one making all the decisions here, that might put you in a bit of a tight spot.

Obviously, you want to keep everyone happy. You want to approve all their holiday requests. But you can’t… unless you want your business to go under.

Here’s what to do…

1. Create a holiday policy that outlines the rules and procedures for requesting time off.

All your staff should have seen it, understand the process and know how to ask for time off. Don’t make it so complicated that they’re scared to ask for time off and make it clear that you will be flexible where possible.

2. Review holiday requests as soon as possible and treat them fairly.

If two or more people request the same time off, you can try to negotiate and find a compromise that works for everyone, or you can use the age old first-come, first-served system.

Whichever approach you take, make sure your employees know that’s how it works.

It can be a juggling act trying to keep everyone happy, but if you make sure everyone understands the process it can make things a little easier. 

Above all, when the juggling is done, make sure to put on your out of office and enjoy some well deserved R&R! 

Leeds based HR180 is a team of superheroes in HR Outsourcing, Projects and Consultancy committed to work in partnership with organisations of all sizes to establish working policies to go above and beyond Employment Law requirements, to protect both employees and employers alike. We love to hear from you, so call us on 0113 287 8150 or hit the Rescue Me button.

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