Handling Employee Time off Requests

With the holidays fast approaching, employees are planning their getaways and family vacations. While it’s completely understandable to want time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, if every employee leaves town that week, there will be no one left to keep the business running. So, when the time-off requests start trickling in, it’s up to human resources personnel to manage these requests. As a professional HR manager, it’s your job to do this in a fair and timely manner but it’s not always that easy.  You want to grant every time-off request that comes in because you know that taking time away from the office will allow them a chance to recharge and be more productive when they return. But it’s always not feasible to give every employee the time off they request, so here are some tips to handle these requests fairly. Ensure the company’s time-off policy is understood. Make sure all your employees are aware of the company’s time-off policies, and how they will be granted. You can inform employees of this when they’re hired, but it’s not a bad idea to send out a refresher via a company memo before the holidays begin. That way, when the holidays arrive, employees should know to plan ahead and comply with the company policies. Grant requests in a fair manner. The best approach is usually to grant any requests in the order in which you received them. If seniority does play a role in receiving PTO, make sure this is known by all employees, so no one gets the impression that you’re giving preference to certain people. Track...

Employee Training, the Holiday Season, and You

The holiday season is upon us, and for those of you in any sort of management role, you know that it isn’t just about decorating the office, signing up for a pre-Thanksgiving potluck, or drawing a name for Secret Santa. Here soon, the workplace is probably going to resemble a ghost town. The holidays tend to open a revolving door while everyone takes vacations with family or travels just to eat up the last of the year’s paid time off before it’s gone. And even when everyone is present and accounted for, focusing on the work gets harder and harder the closer we get to one of the major holidays coming up on the calendar. So how can you help your employees and colleagues stay on top of training schedules, or even just the everyday to-dos at work in the meantime? Your professional experts at Conductor have a few tips for you to try out this holiday season. Shake things up It might seem counterintuitive to disrupt the usual routine when it’s already in jeopardy from employees taking advantage of PTO and holiday festivities, but now might actually be the perfect time to consider shaking things up around the office. If it doesn’t throw too much of a wrench in business for your clients or customers, you can always try staggering your employees’ training schedules. That way, if a vacation cuts in the middle of one person’s training program, you simply change things around and have him or her start that course after the holiday. Someone who plans to stick around and work can have that time to complete...