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6 Tips for Managing Summer Vacation Schedules

Many employees like to take their vacations in June, July and August. Productivity may suffer if too many employees are off at the same time, or remaining staff may find themselves overworked. A good vacation schedule can help avoid this.

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Many employees like to take their vacations in June, July and August. Productivity may suffer if too many employees are off at the same time, or remaining staff may find themselves overworked. A good vacation schedule can help avoid this. An employee planner should post a calendar somewhere for all employees to see. Below are some tips to help coordinate a vacation program that will satisfy most of your workers.

1. Figure out the maximum number of people that can be on vacation at one time.

2. Have a policy that requires vacation time to be booked at least three weeks in advance.

3. If you find too many employees are attempting to book the same weeks off, you can have a policy that rewards seniority.

4. Offer opportunities for employees who can’t take their vacation to use their vacation days to create three day weekends.

5. If summer is a busy time of year and you can’t afford to have too many employees on vacation, consider offering bonuses or incentive programs for working the entire summer.

6. Schedule vacation blackout dates. These are days that nobody can take off.