Staff Holidays - 10 Tips to help you Cope
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Itís the summer and the kids are out
of school, the sun has
actually been shining now for a good few weeks and weíve all forgotten
conversations back in June about Ďanother lost summer!í For many B2B
this is a time when decision makers are away, projects are delayed and
general everything quietens down for a few weeks.
The drive into work is cut in half,
the windows are down and
as you drive in you canít help but wonder just where all those children
chauffeurs have gone, do they really account for that much traffic? The
likelihood is though, that the missing cars and people answering their
and emails are going to include some of your staff. Most companies are
have holiday calendars so that staff levels can be maintained so not
is sunning themselves on some beach at the same time.
Forward thinking businesses will look
to use this time
positively. Itís all too easy to sit around and moan about how quiet it
is or swap
holidays pics or look at everyone elseís on Facebook but there are far
proactive approached to how to effectively use this time.
Have a look at our suggestions below:
short staffed you are itís vital that
emails and calls are still answered promptly. The customer experience should
not be affected!
a thorough handover process takes place
for any staff covering for others. Having all processes thoroughly
documented will also be beneficial.
Laptops, Mobile and Cloud Based
Technology enable staff to work from anywhere and can make managing the
workload far easier for staff, wherever they are.
Training Ė a way to encourage positive
thinking in an otherwise quiet time! Smaller numbers will allow
concentrate on individualís needs or areas where they need the most
as opposed to larger more general training exercises.
internal procedures and processes. Can
you do thinks quicker, better, for less money or smarter? The summer is
time to review what you do and how you do it.
new Technology, website changes or
other larger commercial projects. As long as the staff needed are
not suggesting that you initiate something just because itís the
summer, but this
can be the perfect time to take on Ďriskierí projects. If anything does
or not work or have negative implications the commercial Ďdownsideí
limited due to the lower visitor numbers or enquiries.
changes and projects for the coming year.
There should be enough time to thoroughly
research and plan future work and projects that will be implemented in
coming year. Take
the time now when
youíre not buys instead of rushing your planning when you are!
building exercises or Social Time. Finish
early on a Friday and play rounders in the park, turn the car park into
area or do a pub quiz. Quieter times are the perfect to have some fun
worrying about lost business and the benefits to the staff are immense.
staff to spend a day working at a Charity
of their choice. The benefits here can be enormous for all parties and
great PR opportunity!
a ďCan DoĒ attitude. Pitch in and get
involved, staff need to jump in and help when staff numbers are down so
everyone to pitch in and help where needed. It start with the Boss
you donít have that attitude then your staff wonít!
We hope that gives you some ideas and
innovations that you
can use in your businessesí quieter times.
Have fun with it and donít forget, the summerís nearly
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