Most of my employees want to have Christmas off. How do I deal with competing leave requests fairly?
If you are dealing with numerous requests, here are some tips:
- If your organisation is open all year round with no seasonable shutdowns, you could also consider allowing people to choose between time off at Christmas and summer. So if someone does not get the time off they requested at Christmas, they could be given priority when they are booking leave for their summer holiday.
- In your workplace rules, you can impose limits on how many consecutive days of leave an employee may take at one time. This stops you being without valuable members for extended periods of time.
- Encourage collaboration. For employees who are parents, they will be particular keen to have time off during half terms and the long summer break; therefore you should encourage teams to collaborate with each other to coordinate leave. This will ensure operational requirements are met and issues are quickly resolved.
- Periodically review whether employees have taken leave. If they have a lot of leave still to take, remind them of how much leave they still have to take before the holiday year ends.
- Be fair and consistent in the way you allocate the requests.
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