Aaaahhh, that summer vacation is looming! How will you be spending yours? Or will you be spending your summer dealing with other peoples’ vacations? If you’re like most businesses, the work doesn’t stop just because it’s summer. However, every employee needs a vacation. It’s important for the health and morale of the individual employee as well as the organization as a whole.
Americans are traditionally poor at taking paid vacation time. In fact, Americans leave 705 million vacation days unused every year, according to a survey done by annual tracking agency, “State of the American Vacation” and recently cited on “Good Morning America.” That means less trouble for employers, who have to get coverage for the people who are on vacation, right? Short-term, possibly. Long-term, not so much.
If you or your employees or co-workers are not taking a vacation, it’s not saving the boss any headaches. If the boss is you, do encourage people to take their vacation time. Oh, sure, if that worker doesn’t take a vacation, you won’t have to get coverage for the job, or you won’t have to explain to someone else the most cost-effective way to ship a forklift to a customer. But that worker won’t be as productive as he or she can be if a vacation was on the horizon. That person ay even face burn-out if you don’t provide a break. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an executive or a welder, a CEO or an assistant – everyone needs that break. Vacations make people happy. Happy employees are productive employees, who cheerfully do their work as a team, for the good of the company.
There are many ways to prepare for the vacation season, but let’s narrow it down to three basic solutions to keeping business running as smoothly as possible. The first way is to leave it up to the supervisor and the employee to work out coverage of the vacationer’s duties during the time off. The vacationer should inform the supervisor of all pending work assignments, especially the potential “hot topics.” For example, if Client Jones just received a shipment of gently used gondola shelving and has