December is the month of fun, festivals and celebrations. HR pros everywhere are busy in celebration planning to make the passing year memorable for employees. But will the employees be available to join the moment? That’s a challenge HR pros face every year.
“What are we doing this Christmas and New Year?” An employee asked over a casual talk at the lunch table.
“We will have something really grand for employees this time”. I replied.
“That’s exciting. But I will miss the fun…I am on leaves around that time.” He said with a smile.
That’s a common scenario in every organization during the year-end. Managers and HR is bombarded with leave & Paid-Time-Off requests from the employees all over. Most of the time the requests are justified. After all, when it comes to yearly leaves “Use it or Loose it” is our HR policy. Isn’t it?
To someone who has worked all the year round, saying “NO” isn’t the solution. But still approving every “time-off” request simply means empty cubicles, silent cafeteria and just few employees joining the office celebrations.
Though the business seems to be slow this time, workforce availability still has to be maintained.To manage the situation without disappointing employees, do it the simplest way
- Encourage employees to utilize their leaves in planned manner during the year.
- For better management, Managers can ask team to submit their leave plans for the year in advance.
- Approve requests based on business needs.
- Plan your celebration on days when most employees can available. A day ahead or after, doesn’t make much difference if employees are participating and contributing.
What are your suggestions to manage “Paid-Time-Off” request and Employee Engagement this festive season?