Ah, the holidays. It’s the time of year dedicated to spending time with family, traveling, partaking in beloved traditions and enjoying delicious meals. If you’re an employer, the holidays can also mean dealing with an overwhelming flood of vacation requests at once.
Obviously, if yours is a small- to medium-size company, your entire workforce can’t be out simultaneously. Your business has to be able to function and core duties must be covered. But you don’t want employees to feel disappointed and as though they’ve been treated unfairly.
You’re probably wondering how to handle holiday vacation requests. How do you decide who gets the time off and who has to stay in the office?
Here are some tips that can help you get through what’s often an unpleasant task – and even avoid this situation in the first place.
How to handle holiday vacation requests: 7 tips
1. Establish a paid time off (PTO) policy in writing.
Having a PTO policy will go a long way toward avoiding unpleasant surprises for employees and problems for you down the road. A formal PTO policy sets parameters and explains rules for employees taking PTO upfront.
To demonstrate transparency and fairness to all employees, it’s critical that the policy be in writing – preferably within. . .