Sunshine and beautiful weather (especially working in picturesque locations such as Honolulu and the beaches of California) can be very disruptive to productivity, and may bring on bad cases of summeritis throughout the office.
If your employees are starting to itch to get away from the office over the 4th of July, here's a few ideas for meeting that need for time off, but keeping your business running smoothly in the meantime.
Plan Vacations in Advance
The July 4th holiday presents a great opportunity for employees to take some time off. But typically, not everyone in the office can take off a week at the same time.
If you are running into this problem, it may be time to implement a structured vacation policy for how you handle vacation requests. A few ways to do this, include:
- Seniority: if someone has been around longer, they get first choice on vacation days.
- First Come, First Serve: someone who has been planning a vacation for 2 months (and let you know about it way in advance) is going to be way more upset about not getting the vacation time than someone whose been planning for 2 days.
- Case-By-Case Basis: if your office is not big enough yet to warrant a very structured vacation policy, you may choose to go on a case-by-case basis. This can be tricky ground if you find your self often in the same situation with the same employees.
- Create a System: ask that employees give you their vacation choices in order of preference. Explain not everyone will get their first choice, then create a schedule that reflects these choices and try to be fair in order to keep your employees happy.
Give Your Employees a Day Off
July 4th falls on a Saturday this year, so instead of being stingy with the holiday, give your employees the Friday before Independence Day off, if possible. This will give them time to travel over the weekend if needed, and a chance to really enjoy the holiday.
Otherwise, July 4th ends up being just a regular weekend this year. This also will make those who might not have gotten their preferred vacation week off a chance to still get a quick holiday.
And remember, taking time off increases productivity.
Take The Opportunity to Team Build
If your employees aren’t taking vacation, or you are unable to give them their desired vacation, give them a chance to have fun in the office. Plan a fun team building event, and make it clear you appreciate their hard work. It can be as simple as a potluck lunch, or as elaborate as a pool party at someones house.
If planning is not your strength, delegate to someone in the office who is good at planning events. And keep in mind that if you give your employees Friday off, it is probably best to plan your team building event earlier in the week.
Make the most of the 4th of July holiday by giving your employees every chance to enjoy it with some much needed time off and some fun team building in the office.