With Memorial Day behind us, summer is officially here. After a severe winter, you and your employees are going to want to take some time off and enjoy the good weather. Here are some things to think about when planning company events and scheduling vacations.
Avoid Mandatory Fun
Company picnics and summer outings sound like a great idea; however, in a recent poll almost employees indicated that they would rather have an afternoon off and $100 gift certificate than be invited to a company picnic. Mandated fun has to be carefully planned and executed to appeal to a wide group of employees. Requiring people to attend company events may mean paying hourly workers.
Also remember that while at company events, the employer may be liable potential harassment situations and driving under the influence.
Please Go On Vacation
Taking time off from work has real benefits to one's physical and mental health. it is hard to believe that many people don't take all the vacation time owed to them even when it may be as little as one to two weeks per year.
According to the HR Reporter there are potential legal liabilities for not taking vacation. If someone feels their job is so important or stressful they can't take time off, there is clearly something wrong, and the employer needs to step in to lessen the person's workload. The employer may also need to provide guidance on effective time management and prioritization, or provide the necessary training - either to the employee concerned, or if she is a manager, to her direct reports so they can be more independent and proactive.
Failure to deal with such situations can cause high levels of stress, anxiety and burnout, and can ultimately lead to increased absenteeism, workers' compensation claims, sick leave, bullying, harassment and constructive dismissal litigation.
Also, depending on the length of vacation entitlement, employers that allow employees to forgo their vacations may be falling afoul of employment laws. Employers with a "use it or lose it" policy with respect to vacation time may also find they are contravening applicable legislation and/or individual employment contracts or collective agreements.
If employees don't want to take all their time at once, let them use half days or help them schedule their work so they can use their time for 3-4 day weekends.
Need help training your staff on time management so they can get time off? Call Pro Way Development for cost-effective programs on a variety of soft skills training including time management and coaching so that you, your team and your organization have the ability to take the time to recharge.
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| About Laura Jacob|
Laura works with companies to ensure that their business plan includes a plan give employees and leaders the skills to communicate, manage and lead the organization to drive business growth.
In addition to holding degrees in Psychology and Industrial Relations, Laura is certified as a Professional
in Human Resources and a 6 Sigma Greenbelt.
She is a requested speaker on time management, management fundamentals and working across generations.
Laura's teaching and facilitation style is highly interactive and ensures engagement of participants and the transmission of learning. Participants describe her as "keeps things fun, interesting, stays on task and is very learned and knowledgeable about the subject matter," and "able to engage even those hesitant to participate."
She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Bridgeport and Manhattanville colleges where she teaches adult undergraduates and graduates on a variety of management topics.