As an employer, you’re all too aware of the summer vacation season. This is the time of year when your employees – from entry level to executive – start using up their vacation days to spend time with family and get away. It’s not a bad thing, it’s highly beneficial to your employees and you, the employer, because time off means your employees are recharging their batteries and are probably in better spirits than those that don’t receive vacation time. However, extended vacations can leave you with more than a handful of summer vacancies. A staffing firm can help you fill those vacancies with dedicated, experienced and qualified individuals.
A detailed Vacation Policy can help you lay out the rules for employees, reducing conflict and hassles when it comes time for vacation season. Holiday weeks, such as the recent Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day, Labor Day weekend and even the winter holidays are common vacation times for many individuals. Alternating year-to-year for holiday weeks such as these can help you remain fair to all employees.
Of course, you don’t want to leave yourself completely short-staffed with your regular team. Unfortunately, playing the role of the “bad guy,” AKA manager, means that you may have to deny vacation times so that multiple employees aren’t gone at the same time. However, planning ahead for the summer vacation season can allow you to get a head start on temporary employees to fill positions for a few weeks.
Before vacations start, know what a temporary employee is going to have on her plate before she gets there. If he’s going to be working on major projects or filling the shoes of a major player on your team, know exactly what’s going on with that position. Interview a staffing agency – if you don’t already have a relationship with one – to get a jumpstart on filling those vacation vacancies.