With the ongoing pandemic and travel off the cards for the last 12 months, there are flickers of hope that we might be able to get away in the UK at least over the summer. Managers may be bracing themselves for a deluge of requests for time off in the coming weeks and requests to carry over unused annual leave.
Are you confident you can handle them without a whole load of extra stress?
How are you going to keep your team happy whilst ensuring you don’t go short-staffed?
Fear not as we have some great advice on the dos and donts of managing annual leave, which should help to ensure there are no glaring gaps in your rota at any time.
How to avoid the pitfalls of managing annual leave
It feels like everyone is overdue a holiday this year more than ever before, but it’s important to manage it carefully. It is important to encourage taking holiday from a health and motivation perspective and keeping your staff happy.
Best practice for annual leave management
If someone has nothing planned by the middle of the year, remind them to request their time off asap.
Even better you could specify a notice period for submission of leave requests, especially for busy times of the year. This is especially helpful if you operate on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Clarify any rules around annual leave caps or restrictions, direct them to the booking policy and ask them to provide plenty of notice. This approach gives everyone a fair shot at busy times and prevents anyone from pleading ignorance when their request is declined.
Managing leave more efficiently with rota management software
Software like RotaMaster can make it far easier to manage time off. Employees can check their holiday balance whenever they like, easily request time off and for managers who have to deal with it all, it tracks everything and individual allowances are all taken care of. No more scraps of paper with crossings out and scribbled notes.
Rota software also makes it simple for you to see who’s taking leave at which times. You can check leave balances before you approve the time off. You can also see a preview of who will be out of the office when so you can arrange for those shifts to be covered.
This means your annual leave management processes will be hugely improved, leaving you free to get on with more important things.Book a demo
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