Businesses struggle with employees taking vacation time. There is much to get done and many demands in any given week. We business owners feel like we are swimming against the current most of the time. We are trying to figure out how to get everything done. A short answer seems to be no vacation time for yourself or for your employees to keep things moving forward.
But can vacation time for your employees actually be good for your business? Might it actually help your business do more? I think the answer is yes.
When employees take a vacation, they come back more engaged. They feel happier. The vacation gives them something to look forward to, a time to reflect, a time to relax. They provide better customer service and work harder on their projects.
Additionally, time off will impact processes and procedures. We often discuss processes and procedures, implementation, and making sure the company is moving forward. During employees’ vacations, we may learn about weaknesses in processes because other employees will have to cover them.
Another benefit is from the accounting side. If there is any fraud, employees that are always working, always there, can more easily hide it. However, when employees take vacation time they are not available to cover emails, phone calls, or accounting records, so fraud is more likely to be exposed.
There are positive benefits in giving employees something to look forward to with their vacation time. Encourage them to take a break, to refresh, to come back recharged. They have earned it. They may even bring back new ideas for the business.
What has been your experience? How have you worked with your employees and their vacation schedules? Have you encouraged your employees to take their well-earned vacations? Join us in the comments below.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.