The COVID-19 pandemic caused a global shutdown that was unprecedented in the modern age. Over just a few days, most employers shuttered their worksites, telling everyone who could work from home to do so and furloughing or laying off nearly everyone else. While some work locations are still closed, others have begun to welcome back their employees. With summer upon us, though, and many workers having banked vacation time during the shutdown, you may now be facing a new problem: too many team members eager to take a vacation at the same time. Here’s how to cope.
Prioritize High-Risk Employees
The pandemic isn’t over, and many states are seeing new surges in cases. Employees who are at high risk, or who live with someone who is, need options for staying safe. If they can work from home, let them continue to do so. Otherwise, consider letting them use vacation time, work odd hours, or take other steps to protect their own health and that of their loved ones. Note that you may also want to work on individual plans for team members who aren’t at elevated risk but are nonetheless worried about contracting the virus.
For those employees who aren’t particularly concerned about the pandemic, but are eager to get a vacation after months of being cooped up at home, consider offering incentives to postpone their vacations. Maybe you could offer an extra day or two of vacation time to employees who wait until fall, or boost pay by 50 cents or a dollar an hour for those who are willing to work full-time for the first eight weeks of operations.
Bring in Reinforcements
The unemployment rate remains staggeringly high due to the pandemic, and many people are eager to get back into the workforce. Your team members have been through a lot, so consider letting them take a well-earned vacation. In the meantime, you may be able to use temporary workers to avoid any slowdowns in workflow. Finding temps doesn’t have to be difficult when you work with an experienced staffing agency!
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