No one wants to be stuck in the office while their loved ones are at home during the most wonderful time of year, but at times it would seem it’s impossible to avoid it. It’s important to take time off and spend time with loved ones, but a 2018 survey from the American Psychological Association found that 21% of U.S. adults felt stressed during their time off and another 28% worked more than they thought they would on their vacation.
Many business owners find themselves in a predicament as their employees begin taking time off during the holidays. While many of them recognize employees need time off to not only help with office morale, but to also avoid burnouts and boost productivity, it can be difficult to balance that need and the need to get business done.
Here are some tips to ensure everyone has a happy holiday and enjoys their time off with minimal trips to the office or remote check-ins:
The more organized a business is, the more likely each employee can plan ahead to finish up projects before deadlines creep up. This is great practice in general, but it is especially important as holidays are approaching. With office parties, holiday cookies and gift-buying on the mind, it’s easy to get distracted from work. Create lists of tasks and carefully maintain your calendar so that nothing slips through the cracks.
Organization is usually the result of efficient processes. With processes in place, each employee understands their expectations and completes them in a way that has been documented, which allows for easy tracking.
Remain diligent in your processes so that work can be easily picked up by another employee should an issue arise within a project during an employee’s vacation time.
Plan for the return
Sure, it’s easy to run out of the office and hop on a plane, but it’s a bit harder to come back, especially if an employee didn’t take the proper steps before clocking out. Before the office exodus, be sure each employee knows which tasks will be prioritized upon their return and to keep notes on any roadblocks that may need to be addressed during or after their vacation. This helps everyone have a good understanding of where projects stand and helps ensure that nothing is overlooked.
Another popular habit to try is to transition back into work by setting time aside to check emails the night before the return or to even work remote the first day back in order to not get overwhelmed by work.
There are a number of benefits to dashboard reporting, and custom software can help you gain the access to data you need to be able to leave the office. Custom software allows a business owner to see where their business stands even while miles away and without having to track down any data. This is essential for business owners who want to spend time with their families but would like to check in each morning or evening.